Guwahati, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Life of a woman of no consequence: Shobha De
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21 – Noted author Shobha De today highlighted the precarious condition of women in India, stating that in many places the life of a woman was of little consequence. She said that what has happened over the last two months in the country reveals grave concerns about the status of women in the country.

 Delivering a lecture on ‘Crime against Women – Role of the Media,’ she recalled ‘Nirbhaya,’ the young woman brutally tortured onboard a bus in New Delhi and who later died. In this particular instance, she felt that the media conducted itself in a responsible manner.

According to her, the media showed ‘great sobriety’ while focussing on the issue and in the manner it reflected the frustrations of the people who protested against the horrific act across the country.

She was of the view that for once the Press did an ‘admirable job’, and described the coverage of the incident as a tipping point in the history of the country.

The author, who delivered her lecture at the fifth anniversary celebrations of News Live, a TV channel, also congratulated Olympian Shiva Thapa, who was bestowed with the ‘Assamese of the Year Award’ by News Live in the same venue.

According to her, Thapa is a true symbol of true determination and grit and hoped that he will inspire a lot of young people of India.

Thapa, one of the youngest Indians to represent the country was honoured with a citation and a cash award of Rs 2 lakh. In his acceptance speech, Thapa acknowledged the support he had received from various people, including his coaches, and his parents.

Senior Staff Reporter of Dainik Asam, Jiten Choudhury was honoured in the function for his work in the field of investigative journalism. He was presented with the Monideep Boro Award for Investigative Journalism. The award comprised a citation and a cheque of Rs 50,000.

Two books – Raijor Kathgorha and Katha Barta – were also formally released on the occasion of the fifth anniversary celebrations.