She is surprised why people do not understand this simple reason, particularly the 'anti-Trinamool media' and 'anti –Trinamool government journalists'. So rape cases are increasing in the country. She sarcastically links this to open market probably having in her mind FDI when she says: “It’s like an open market with open options”. Ms Banerjee, as the chief minister of the state probably wants to give Taliban fatwa on the free interaction between men and women. She in an elated mood attended the grand release ceremony of the festival number of her party news organ ‘Jago Bangla’.
There is one similarity of Jago Bangla with the CPI(M) news organ Ganashakti, as both these newspapers openly follow the party line. In Ganashakti also, nothing is published against the CPI(M) party or the erstwhile CPI(M) dominated Left Front government. The Left leaders also used to show scanty regards about other newspapers and channels alleging that they do not tell the truth. Ms Banerjee looks more furious about other newspapers in the same dictatorial fashion and uses this occasion for targeting the news channels which dish out news against her government and party. She warns with ‘mujhse bura koi nai hoga’ approach that the presentation of the negative side of the Trinamool government of the state will yield awful results.
After the Park Street rape incident, Ms. Banerjee tried to convince the media that it was a fabricated incident to malign her government. Later her own crime branch of police differed from her version of the incident and established the fact of rape of an Anglo Indian woman. But even today she has not forgotten this incident. So she warns the news channel not to malign her government by writing about rape cases. Her argument is that reporting such incidents will lead to the increase in the number of rapes. Rape should not be made a target in the newspapers and media. People and especially teenagers are not to be allowed to know more about it. The CM might have had in her mind the cartoon incident and the role of media in supporting Ambikesh Mahapatra of Jadavpur University.
The Chief Minister finds a way out for coming out of the rape impasse. Parents should be strict in forbidding their children to hold hands of each other. Elizabeth Barrett Browning once lamented that this society is unkind to the lovers and there is no place for making love freely. Ms Banerjee might have banned this kind of poet from the syllabi of college and university courses. “Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open”, she lamented. She knows that her statement would be misinterpreted by some section of the media who are against her government and party.
The Trinamool Congress chief alleged that a section of media was suppressing facts and causing "news pollution", pointing to projection of few rape incidents in the state. She is very happy that the state has not yet become ‘a land of rapists’. The audience that assembled at the function clapped loudly to register their support. Being encouraged by the partymen, the Chief Minister said that the anti-Trinamool media glorifies the rape incidents. Otherwise there is no reason why they publish such news. It means that the rape incidents should be suppressed and not highlighted.
What Ms. Banerjee has forgotten is that her movement in Singur started chiefly against the rape of Tapashi Malik who protested against selling of land for the Tatas. At that time Ms. Banerjee fought against the rapists and felt very much grateful to the newspapers for highlighting the incident of Tapashi Malik’s rape. She used to say in her fiery speeches that West Bengal has become a land of the rapists in the reign of CPI(M). The situation has changed and the Trinamool government is now in power, so no incident of rape is to be reported for any reason other than praising her government.
The essence of Mamata’s Taliban fatwa is that men and women should not interact freely in the state for prevention of rapes. Parents should not allow their children to hold hands of the children of others. No free mixing should be there between two different sexes. Mamata has not told anything about the third gender although very recently the Pinki Pramanik case occurred in the state.
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