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Sheeba Aslam Fehmi at Forum on Media Trials

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.”


Press release – 1st Jan ’14 Investigative journalist Deepak Sharma calls Anwar case unique in his experience

Video recording of what Deepak Sharma, investigative journalist with Aaj Tak, has to say on the Khurshid Anwar matter –

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Press Release

1 Jan 2014

Investigative journalist Deepak Sharma calls Anwar case unique in his experience

Investigative journalist Deepak Sharma, who works with the TV Today group, has called the Khurshid Anwar affair unique in his twenty two years of experience.

Sharma said that he had been following the matter closely since it first came to light about three months ago. Through his sources in the police, he has also been keeping tabs on the official investigation.

It may be recalled that Khurshid Anwar, executive director of a New Delhi based NGO, committed suicide on the morning of 18th December after being accused of raping a fellow activist on the night of 12th September.

“I have never before seen a case where the accused was acting in a manner more transparent than his accusers. Anwar’s conduct was completely transparent. He was pressing those accusing him on Facebook to approach the courts so that he gets a chance to clear his name”, said Sharma, who was speaking at a meeting organized by Anwar’s friends and family at the Press Club of India.

“Anwar was frustrated and confided to me that unless there is some official inquiry he will not be able to remove this blot from his name. The police have recovered four letters from his possession, including one to the complainant where Anwar is asking her why did she not confront him on the morning after the supposed incident if, in her illness, she felt that she had been violated in some way”, Sharma added.

Ankita Chandranath, a student at Jawaharlal Nehru University and spokesperson of the Campaign for Khurshid Anwar demanded a thorough investigation into all aspects of the case, including the long delay in filing an FIR and the ‘vilification’ of Anwar on social media even before a medical test had been conducted.

“Madhu Kishwar claims on her website that she set up a meeting of the complainant and her friends with a well-known lawyer. Even if the complainant, an activist herself who knew the law, was hesitant to approach the police, why did she or her friends not seek legal opinion even when it was readily available?”, asked Chandranath.


Kamal Mitra Chenoy at the Forum on Media Trials

Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Professor at JNU and Former President of JNU Teacher’s Association, talks about the danger inherent in the TV syndrome where in the rush for grabbing media attention, a careless attitude towards details is adopted.

He also notes the lack of clarity about how the CD recorded by Madhu Kishwar reached the NCW office.


Purushottam Agrawal at the Forum on Media Trials

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.


Meenakshi Sundriyal at the Forum on Media Trials

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 at the Forum on Media Trials

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, Aaj Tak speaks about the peculiarity of the Khurshid Anwar case

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 at the Condolence Meeting for Khurshid Anwar

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.


Kumar Narendra Singh at the Memorial Meeting for Khurshid Anwar

Kumar Narendra Singh, Journalist & Media Professional, talking about how Khurshid Anwar was hounded by certain people on social media and the irresponsible behaviour of a section of electronic media with regard to this case.


Ajay Patnaik at the Condolence Meeting for Khurshid Anwar