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Friday, November 03, 2006

Disgusting: We didn't know until now!

Priyanka BhotmangeThere is quite a buzz going around in the Indian blogosphere about reporting of the gruesome rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl Priyanka Bhotmange, her mother Surekha and two brothers by an upper cast mob in Khairlanji, near Nagpur in Gaurav Sabnis' own state Maharashtra.

Shivam Vij had published a few photographs of the dead bodies of the victims that showed their mortal state in horrific detail. This has led Gaurav Sabnis to come up with some moral policing that he often does.

He has to say the following about Shivam Vij;
So it is unfortunate to see that one blogger - Shivam Vij, who could not have fallen from my estimation further than he actually has, has followed the same Aajtakian mindset. Under the garb of reporting the suffering of Dalits and proving his "enlightened credentials", he has plastered pictures of naked and half-naked blood-splattered dead-bodies on his blog. I wonder if he considers this Faustian decision of his to rob the dead of their last shred of destiny, a price worth paying for increased attention, more hits, and maybe a few more writing assignments.
Priyanka after raped killed and dumped in canal'Aajtakian mindset' is very welcome. Aaj Tak has brought in some fresh air in the monochromic world of news channels, and if it had to take the help of some melodrama, it is ok. This is despite the fact that I still believe that Aaj Tak thrives on yellow journalism. Gaurav Sabnises of the world might play the suave urbane character and talk about Goethe's Faust or Lenovo laptops, but they can never resist the temptation of checking out on 'Aajtakian mindsets' whether it is the Aaj Tak channel itself or Shivam Vij's blog. However, they would never ever admit it just as most Indian females would never admit to masturbating.

Priyanka deadbody up-closeOh, one more thing that I noticed about Gaurav is that he is very finicky about linking posts! He does not allow comments either. That goes on to show what an insufferable snob he is. I guess he has to learn something from my great mate, Chartreuse a.k.a King Campbell.

During the US invasion in Iraq in Gulf War v2.0 (now Gulf War v3.0 beta is going on), Al Jazeera showed pictures of mutilated bodies of civilians including children killed in US air raids that the Western media never ever dared to. BBC went on to acknowledge the fact that the pictures were too graphic and gruesome to be broadcasted and that the fact that Al Jazeera by doing it was making the Arab world boil with anger.

Priyanka's mother Surekha and brotherA picture tells you a thousand more stories than a flowery post with a thousand words. The truth must be presented as it is, and if a shocking incident like the Khairlanji massacre takes place then the society should know how shocking it was. The greatest respect for the deceased who had been paraded naked, raped and murdered would be to show the world what the victims were made to undergo so that the collective conscience of the society is awakened and the perpetrators of the crime is brought to justice.

We all read news about women being branded as witches in rural India, beaten, paraded naked, most often raped, made to eat human excreta and often killed. If you saw a video ever, you would know how horrific the practice is. Just reading the story in a newspaper might stir your soul a bit for sometime, but by the evening, it would escape your thoughts. I have seen a couple of such videos shot in Nepal and I know how it felt and still feels.

Gaurav Sabnises of the world can go and flog themselves.

Also read Shivam Vij's post on his motives.

Image credits: Atrocity News and Shivam Vij


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont have any problems in posting the pictures. But you should have warned the readers about the pictures and they are not Work Safe. Sometimes I read blogs at office. I can't open these pictures at office. So if you are going to publish the photos without any warning then I have no choice other than unsubscribing your feed. I cant afford it.

4:44 AM  
Blogger Beau Peep said...


Even if I posted a warning in the same post where I published the pictures, it would have not had any impact on stopping the images reaching you through the feeds.

If your work atmosphere is very ‘formal’, I would reckon you turn the 'display images' off in your browser.

Having said that, I would like to remind you that these were not pornographic images, but images of a heinous atrocity that took place and went unnoticed for a month.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although they are not pornographic images, the images were gory and are not Work safe. Turning Off images in browser makes almost every site useless. So I cant do that. I was expecting that you will post a separate warning post before posting the pictures. Anyway this your blog and its your decision.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanting to do the realitycheck round the clock
is one thing but expecting all to bow is another.

Dont you think that, there is a rationale behind
not publishing stark bloodshed and rape?

Sleepy consciences need jolts of a higher order,
I agree, but only those that can act upon such

Common man wants to learn and wants to learn the
essence. He can very well picturise : a dead
body or what a rape or mutilation can leave behind on
a human body

Are you achieving any purpose beyond disturbing his
mind one bright morning.

2:14 AM  
Blogger Maven said...

Hideous. Just hideous.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for having the courage to post the pictures. have linked to your post.

5:46 AM  
Blogger Beau Peep said...

Thank you very much Harini, the world needs more people like you.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

u have done a great job by posting the pictures ,i salute u. but i would like to request every one how has gon through this link, to pass it over to many so that such crimes against downtrodden be stoped.

11:58 PM  
Blogger manish23mishra said...

Posting this photo's is not fair.We all of us know this things happens in India. If u r so concern then protest for it , do something for those people.
by posting this u r only getting more clicks and thus u r making more money. my sincere advice to u is just remove those pictures.

3:38 AM  
Blogger Beau Peep said...


What makes you think that I am making money from this site? Do you see a single advertisement here or any sponsor's link?

The pictures are there because of the reasons already cited in the post.

5:08 AM  
Blogger Smriti said...

I am happy someone has the courage to show and describe reality uncut, unedited.

What we really need are people like you who need to show Indians...real India.
This is "Incredible India"...people here prefer to see actresses in a bikini rather than seeing hardcore reality!

Its a filthy and preposterous game that people have played with her LIFE...We are talking about someone's LIFE here!
Asking the sarpanch permission to gang rape! Are these people humans!

M not much of a reader but on seeing these pictures,i was shaken to the core which lead me to reading the article and seeing how on earth could one individual do anything of this sort to another being.

People are calling it not "work safe".This is NOT meant for those who out of boredom, read blogs and because of their narrow horizon fail to understand the purpose behind such articles, which is awareness.

I really wish people could be more sensitive and have a broader horizon in at least having no issues in seeing reality let alone doing something about it.

6:45 AM  

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