Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, friend of Khurshid Anwar and witness to the trial on Facebook speaks about the role of various individuals in the hasty judgement and scuttling the process of law.
She further adds, “I approached Kavita Krishnaan, but she refused to meet and hear Khurshid Anwar’s side of the story. Mayank Saxena and Ila Joshi, who ran a concerted compaign of slander also refused to meet Anwar, even though they admitted that the claims made by the complainant were false.”
Purushottam Agrawal, Academic and Former Member of Union Service Public Commission, stresses on how democratic values and freedoms come under serious threat due to irresponsible behaviour on media and social media. He expresses serious concern about the state being given enough reasons for regulation of open spaces like the web and media in the absence of self regulation by those who use it.
He also points out how channels such as India TV deliberately aired the show targeting Khurshid on the anniversary of Nirbhaya case and made slanted and unfounded references to the brutal rape case while discussing Khurshid Anwar. Public slandering of this kind points to a larger conspiracy and would drive any reasonable man to suicide, Purushottam Agrawal opines.
Dr. Meenakshi Sundriyal, wife of Khurshid Anwar appealed to the responsible people in the media to take the lead in asking serious questions about the issue of media trials. She spoke on this platform not only as a partner of the deceased but also someone who has worked actively for gender justice. She stressed how the scuttling of lawful procedures, as happened in Khurshid’s case, is in effect extremely anti-women.
Om Thanvi, editor of the respected Hindi daily Jansatta expressed disbelief and concern at the callousness displayed by certain sections of the media at a Press Meet here.
He noted that India TV (which ran a one hour show on the night before Khurshid’s death) removed the part containing Anwar’s version. He was of the opinion that it was such deliberate one-sided and biased journalism aimed at skewing people’s perception against Khurshid that ultimately pushed him to commit suicide. This kind of journalism reliant on theatrics alone is criminal and illegal according to Thanvi, irrespective of the person involved.
He also posed critical questions to activists such as Madhu Kishwar who recorded the testimony of the girl and then handed over a copy of the same to a third party. The CD was circulated widely in the next three months. Thanvi said, “It is not good enough for Kishwar to say that she did not distribute the CD. She should answer for the circulation of the CD which affected the reputation of both the complainant and the accused.”
Deepak Sharma, Journalist, AajTak, speaks about the peculiarity of this case where the accused was the most transparent in his actions amongst all parties involved. He was speaking at the Discussion Forum organized by the Campaign for Khurshid Anwar at the Press Club of India on 28th December 2013.
Purushottam Agrawal, Academic & Former Member of Union Public Service Commission, stresses on how Khurshid Anwar was hounded on the social media while he kept asking for a legal probe and a medical test of the alleged victim and how if care is not taken, Khurshid Anwar may not be the only one to fall victim to such media & social media slandering.