Rape — a matter so sensitive that it should not, must not and cannot be dealt with ignorance and negligence. When a rape case is registered, it becomes a social media sensation in no time. What usually gets unnoticed, is the series of events which may have happened.
We slam the wrongdoers, curse them for what is shown to us by news articles, live broadcast of protests and half-baked facts. Meanwhile, we forget to trust our own instincts, which may sometimes guide us to predict the genuine nature of the news. Still, we prefer to believe what is being shown, and what is being said. In the wake of fake news and targeted hatred, facts become endangered!
A recent incident about a rape survivor alleging that a UP cop demanded sex in exchange for registering her complaint that was circulating over the internet turned out to be a fake.
Let us throw light, step by step, about how it all started and where it led!
#The Incident (As reported by the woman a.k.a fictional rape survivor)
India was moved by a story of a rape case which came to light earlier this year. On February 21, two people, identified as 55-year-old Ameer Ahmad and 45-year-old Sattar Ahmad, were booked under IPC’s sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation). The woman, named Anjum, gave her statement before a magistrate.
#The investigating officer
Officer Jai Prakash Singh carried out the investigation in this case. The case was found to be a fraud. Anjum turned out to be a mastermind. The officer thus filed a closure report for the case on May 10, 2017.
#The accusation — Sex and the story
Anjum, finding herself helpless to do anything about the case, accused the investigating officer of asking to have sex with her. National newspaper, The Times of India carried a report which says:
My ordeal began soon afterwards. Whenever I approached SI Jai Prakash Singh seeking arrest of the accused, he would say he first wanted to have sex with me. He even called up on my mobile phone and invited me to visit him in his room alone. When I turned him down, he filed a closure report in the case a fortnight ago.
You can read the entire report here.
The woman recorded the entire conversation with Jai Prakash and put it on a CD as an evidence.
#The final development in the story
The CD which the woman carried with her, accusing the police officer of having asked for sex, turned out to be fake. The recording in the CD was that of her own friend Rafi Naboo and not the accused police officer. The woman and her boyfriend have now been arrested and sent to jail as per a recent report by The Times of India. It is believed that the woman is a mastermind and involved more people in the entire incident.
Along with the woman and her friend, an unidentified lawyer has also been included in the FIR by the police. This has irked a section of lawyers in the district. “How the police are trying to implicate a lawyer in the case is a matter of grave concern for the judicial system. The entire Bar Council stands with the lawyer and we will raise the issue with UP CM Yogi Adiyanath,” revealed senior advocate, member and former president of Bar Council of UP Imran Mahbood Khan, as per the report.
#Clarification on Twitter by Adl. SP/ PRO DGP Rahul Srivastav
This case has been found to b fake after a proper investigation.T girl conspired with one of her accomplice to frame t SI. Both sent to jail https://t.co/CKzvjSUYei
— RAHUL SRIVASTAV (@upcoprahul) June 22, 2017
The DGP has been quite busy making every media outlet understand the truth. Even international media has not been able to save themselves from this fake news in circulation.
— RAHUL SRIVASTAV (@upcoprahul) June 23, 2017
#We have a lesson to learn
This case is a mere example of how the most viral news story can sometimes be fake. There are two things we still need to understand.
Firstly, our grasp of the fact that truth is a deeper version of what we see and read. When it came to light that the woman had accused the police officer, we believed her. We termed the incident as ‘heinous’, ‘horrific’, ‘gruesome’ instead of waiting for the truth to be discovered. This is a clear indication of the fact that we are an “impatient audience”.
Secondly, journalism has entered a dark age, where every media house, whether it is a reputed group or an individual, claims itself to be ‘the best’. It is sad to note that this time we have failed collectively as readers and writers. The bridge between the two has widened and only one single element can bridge this gap — THE TRUTH.