Sneakers Smell True

A radio project to bring the journalist community in South Asia closer and help in better understanding issues and stories as reported by colleagues. [A project by Annie Ali Khan and Nadia Rasul]

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Episode 3: India Rape Case (Part II)

(Has been postponed. Watch this space for more updates!)

This week we will revisit the Delhi rape case and discuss the newly introduced legislation in India that allows capital punishment in certain rape cases and other forms of violence against women. The legislation has been criticized by some people including Kavita Krishnan, the general secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, for being hastily done and falling short of real reform. In addition, we will take a look at some of the difficulties faced by female journalists while reporting on violent crimes against women.

In this episode our guests will be:

Kiran Nazish moved to Lahore to research challenges of journalism in Pakistan and what makes it the most dangerous place for journalist. In the process she has travelled extensively to FATA and other conflict areas – especially northern pakistan. Kiran has also worked with War Against Rape (WAR).

Ridhima Tomar has been following the Delhi gang rape protests since day one. She is a correspondent for Newsx TV channel. She is presently recuperating in Jaipur from an injury after a tear gas shell exploded on her leg.

Sumit Glahotra is currently serving as the first-ever Steiger Fellow at the Committee to Protect Journalists. His areas of focus include South Asia, genocide studies, feminism and minority rights. His reporting has taken him to the UK, India, Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Raksha Kumar is a freelance multimedia journalist from India. She studied journalism in Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and worked with New Delhi Television as an Output Editor after graduation. Three years later, Raksha was offered a Fulbright grant to study Broadcast Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University in New York.

February 5, 2013
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Episode 2: A Global Peace Vigil for Pakistan and India

Young participants sending messages of peace at Aman Ki Asha India-Pakistan Peace Now vigil at Union Square, New York City. (Annie Ali Khan)

We spoke live with Beena Sarwar (Boston) from Aman Ki Asha, Ibrahim Sajid Malick (New York), Jatin Desai (Mumbai), Sirish Agarwal (Chandigarh) to discuss the details of the first Pakistan-India Global Peace Vigil held on January 27th in a dozen or so cities around the world.

The guests spoke about the peace vigil as well as broader issues between India and Pakistan including border skirmishes, visa problems and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Sneakers Smell True covered the Peace Vigil held in New York City.

Following is some of our multimedia coverage:

Photos: India-Pakistan Peace Now – New York City Vigil

Audio: India-Pakistan Peace Now – New York City Vigil

Video: India-Pakistan Peace Now – New York City Vigil

You can listen to the complete episode below and continue to participate in the conversation with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Listen: Pakistan India Relations and a Global Peace Vigil (51 min., 2 sec.)

February 1, 2013
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Episode 1: The Delhi Rape Case Coverage Pt-1

In our first episode we discussed the latest development in the Delhi Gang Rape Case. Journalist Annie Ali Khan spoke with Kiran Nazish from Pakistan, Krishn Kaushik, a staff writer for Caravan Magazine and Niharika Mandhana a reporter for the NYTimes, both from Delhi.

Speaking about rape as a violent crime rather than a sexual crime, Kirshn shared that he “had spoken to men from Delhi who came and joke about all these things like they say when they really have to humiliate the woman the first thing that comes to mind is rape so it’s actually trying to get back at society that this woman who should be serving them or agree to whatever this person says is actually growing at a faster pace than this person.”

Agreeing with Krishn, Niharika added that, “in India and I think this is true for South Asia that it’s a crime of power and violence”. She believes that some of the reasons behind this include skewed sex ratios of societal tolerance of violence against women. Domestic violence cases have increased over the years, Niharika notes. “Then there’s the issue of police attitude towards crimes against women and sexual offences and this is an area that I have been reporting on over the last few days”.

Kiran Nazish, a journalist from Lahore, pointed out that there are no helplines in Pakistan where women can get legal support in rape cases. There are some women’s organizations where women receive psychological, medical and legal help, however, in most cases the women don’t want to take the case to the police. “What really happens, especially in Punjab and especially in cases where there are Feudals involved, what happens is that the police does not help so that’s another issue,” she added.

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Listen: The Delhi Rape Case Coverage (29 min, 13 sec.).

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