(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 24, 2013
DUJ Gender Council Rejects Vayalar Ravi’s Apology
THE Gender Council of the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) has condemned the attempt made by union minister Vayalar Ravi to browbeat a young woman reporter who asked him some questions regarding the Suryanelli rape case. The Gender Council pointed out that the minister’s aggressive counter questions to TV journalist Aishwarya Sumithran, were both personal and sexist. His apology that the remark was only a jest and that the journalist is like a granddaughter to him is, in itself, patronising, the council added.
The council’s opinion came out through a statement issued by DUJ president Sujata Madhok and general secretary S K Pande on February 15, 2013.
Gender Council deplored the hectoring, patronising and
sexist tone adopted by
the minister while speaking to this local reporter in his
home constituency of
Alapuzha. When Sumithran asked for the minister’s reactions
to the alleged
involvement of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in the
rape case, minister
The DUJ Gender Council also congratulated Kerala’s women journalists, particularly the Kerala chapter of the Network of Women in Media, for taking up the issue. The DUJ statement also reiterated its firm belief that the dignity and rights of women in the media must be protected, so that they can work shoulder to shoulder with their male colleagues in the profession.