Similarly in Guwahati, if the journalist had not shot the footage for 30 minutes, the real culprits might have escaped. Yes, the question is no less important that the journalist should not continue his job for nearly half an hour and the girl was molested by around 30 men in full public view on Monday night outside the posh nightclub. The question is why not other people, why only the photojournalist? There had been more than hundred people on the spot. Nobody came to her rescue. The incident might have gone unnoticed if no journalist was there at the time of the molestation.
The teenagers are not to be allowed to enter bar cum restaurant but the girl had gone there to celebrate a friend’s birthday at Club Mint on GS Road. She had two of her friends with her, but they managed to escape while she was singled out and targeted. The police team as in all Hindi and Bengali films came half an hour after the incident. The arrest was possible and the photographs of the journalist were of much help. Although many reporters, TV crews and photographers were present, only one man took the photo of the decisive moment: Yasushi Nagao, staff photographer for the Tokyo Mainichi newspaper. He took this picture with his last remaining shot in the camera. The question is not here much important that he did not save the victim. He did his duty as a photographer. May be, that his role might not have been appreciated that time. There is every possibility that he himself might have been killed.
Three thousand people thronged Tokyo’s Hibiya Hall to hear socialist party chairman Inejiro Asanuma debate the incumbent Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda. Ikeda was inspired by the Nixon-Kennedy debates, and decided to hold his own with his opponents. Asanuma critcized the government for its mutual defense treaty with the United States and right-wing students in the audience began to heckle and throw pieces of paper at the burly chairman. The 17-year-old son of a Self-Defense Force Colonel, Otoya Yamaguchi ran out of the police cordon, plunged his sword into Asanuma, pulled it out and speared Asanuma again — through the heart.
Five days have passed after the teenage girl had been stripped and groped by a group of men, the police with the all the 30minute video of the incident failed to nab all the accused. Four of the 11 men have been arrested and rest are still roaming free. What would the police do if there were not the photographer to take the snaps? It was a busy road. And the accused says that the girl held his collar. On the other hand the girl says vehemently that she would not let the matter end there. She will move the Consumer Forum.
The clip was aired on local channels Tuesday morning, causing outrage and horror across the country. Outraged activists put up hoardings across Guwahati with photographs of the 11 culprits and asked people to inform police about their whereabouts. With the photographs taken by the journalist giving them the clear faces of the molestation, the police is still in the dark. This is a shameful event and even P.Chidambaram also took the matter with strong exception.The women wings of the state and at the national level are all loud in seeking justice for the molested girl. But the big question still remains: if the journalists should be activists first and journalist later or the vice versa.
One complication in Guwahati incident is that the journalist's name also figures among the people involved in the molestation. So he resigned for the sake of objective investigation. It is another great debate if the journalist can be revengeful and motivated by personal grudge in taking the snaps instead of nabbing the culprits.