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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Women's Health 1/2015

Media coverage of violence against women in India: a systematic study of a high profile rape case

Zeitschrift:
BMC Women's Health > Ausgabe 1/2015
Autoren:
Mark Phillips, Fargol Mostofian, Rajeev Jetly, Nazar Puthukudy, Kim Madden, Mohit Bhandari
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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

KM and MB designed the study. MP, FM, RJ, and NP collected and analyzed data. All authors contributed to interpretation of data. MP and FM drafted the manuscript. RJ, NP, KM, and MB all revised the manuscript for critical content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Background

On December 16, 2012 a 23 year old female was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi. We systematically reviewed professional online media sources used to inform the timing, breadth of coverage, opinions and consistency in the depiction of events surrounding the gang-rape.

Methods

We searched two news databases (LexisNexis Academic and Factivia) and individual newspapers for English-language published media reports covering the gang-rape. Two reviewers screened the media reports and extracted data regarding the time, location and content of each report. Results were summarized qualitatively.

Results

We identified 534 published media reports. Of these, 351 met our eligibility criteria. Based on a time chart, the total number of reports published increased steadily through December, but plateaued to a steady rate of articles per day by the first week of January. Content analysis revealed significant discrepancies between various media reports. From the 57 articles which discussed opinions about the victim, 56% applauded her bravery, 40% discussed outrage over the events and 11% discussed cases of victim-blaming.

Conclusions

The global media response of the December 16th gang-rape in India resulted in highly inconsistent depiction of the events. These findings suggest that although the spread of information through media is fast, it has major limitations.
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