I Think: News channels blame Biharis for crime in cities. It is a lie

Gautam Kumar, rickshaw-puller, New Delhi

Photo: Neha Kamrani

I am from Bhagalpur in Bihar. My father died when I was in the sixth standard and since then I have been working in Delhi. I have worked as a servant in big houses, as a waiter at tea-stalls, and now I work as a rickshaw-puller. I cannot read or write. So I watch Aaj Tak and look at YouTube on my phone to get my news.

Incidents such as rape and molestation rarely happen in my hometown. In cities, the problem is huge because there is a lot of interaction between men and women. Mistakes happen from both ends. It is not possible for men to commit mistakes unless women are committing them too. But it is mainly the fault of the man because women mostly listen to their parents.

Yet there are girls who lie to their parents and go out and about and suffer. So many men take drugs and alcohol at a young age and they do not care that a woman is someone’s daughter or mother or sister. Under the influence, these men become monsters. They pass comments and whistle at women. An autowallah or a man passing in a car may say something about a girl and it all starts from there.

There are some news channels that say crime in cities is the fault of the outsiders. Biharis are blamed for this a lot. It is a lie. Ninety per cent of Biharis have never committed any rape crime.

If I were a reporter, I would judge what is right and what is not. I would see if it is a fake complaint or a genuine one before reporting it. I would try to gather as much information as possible and would tell it to the world.

Journalists must remember there are certain things one should not ask. If there are questions that may hurt a victim, you should avoid those questions. If you want to ask some questions, please judge that the person is comfortable and your question is not causing harm.