Hours after the leaked audio clipping of the female journalist found its way into the public sphere through a right-wing organisation kicked up a debate, the boarders of Hathras, the native village of the 20-year-old rape victim were re-opened on Saturday for the media. Stating that only reporters can enter the village, a senior official added that political leaders will not be permitted at any cost.
It can be recalled that the village was under curfew from the past two days while over 200 police personnel were deployed with various political leaders and outfits calling for protests. The police also refuted the media reports the victim’s family that they were locked up in their homes and their phones were confiscated.
“My family has sent me here to talk to the reporters. I escaped and came here. They are not letting us come out are they not allowing the media to come in. They are threatening us as well,” said a boy who managed to escape from police to meet media at the village borders.
Meanwhile, India Today on Friday issued a statement condemning the leakage of the conversation between its journalist Tanushree Pandey and the Hathras victim’s brother.
The media channel which was on the fronton covering the series of event on-ground at Hathras questioned the BJP-ruled government in UP why the phones of journalists reporting on the case and the victim’s brother have been tapped.
In the audio that was leaked, Tanushree asks the victim’s brother to shoot a video of the father saying that he has been pressurised by the Uttar Pradesh government to issue a statement that he is satisfied with the probe so far.