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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Press Release – Father’s Day – Request for sensitive, balanced and gender just coverage
Press Release – Father's Day – Request for sensitive, balanced and gender just coverage
In the past, there has been much insensitive and unbalanced reporting – perhaps thanks to the clout the influentialpatriarchal groups staging such events carry. Alas, such coverage has included support for a foreign consulate employee based in Bangalore, charged with raping his three-year-old daughter.
It would be gratifying if media houses could be sensitive, restrained and balanced in their coverage of such events this year. Greater awareness of issues related to gender equality is not only desirable in itself, it would enhance journalistic professionalism.
To be sure, the rights of women are by no means opposed to those of men. Instead, equal treatment in law and in social dealings implies that men are also delivered from patriarchy. Men are also deemed to be fully capable of expressing emotions, taking responsibility for child care and other care work – in other words being fully human.
It is not surprising that some of the "men's rights" groups also have women as members. Patriarchy is channelled not only through men but also women who are co-opted into its working, including in the perpetration of violence against other women.
Inside a large number of families, there is tremendous amount of domestic violence, including dowry deaths and child sexual abuse, not to mention psychological abuse. While a small percentage of domestic violence may be directed against men, in the overwhelming majority of instances, violence is directed against women and children.
We therefore urge circumspection on the part of media houses in the coverage of events related to "Fathers' Day" staged by groups with a thinly disguised misogynist and patriarchal agenda.