Sarvjeet Singh and Jasleen Kaur, who is right? Who should you blame?
If you live in India, or watch Indian news you are probably more than aware of the Sarvjeet Singh and Jasleen Kaur issue. For those of you who are not and my friends from across the oceans, let me give a brief introduction about the incident as per my perception without being judgemental;
23rd August, 2015 around 8 PM near a heavy traffic area of Tilak Nagar traffic signal, New Delhi; there was a conflict between 2 individuals. Ms. Jasleen Kaur, a Delhi student posted snapshots of alleged culprit Mr. Sarvjeet Singh on Facebook almost 1.5 hours after the incident. She claimed that the alleged had passed some unacceptable comments on her and threatened her when she clicked his picture. Meanwhile she had also registered an FIR (First Information Report dealing with a cognisable offence) at the Tilak Nagar police station.
I am not going to narrate the entire conversation because there are 2 versions of it. One by Ms. Kaur where she signals the conversation went in an obscene direction because of Mr. Singh’s comments. On the other hand Mr. Singh told that there was a little conflict because Ms. Kaur stopped him in the middle of the traffic. However he says no obscene remarks were made from his side.
Next day, according to Mr. Sarvjeet, he himself walked upto the police station after he saw his snaps all over the internet shaming him. In fact every news channel on the TV put up this news as the biggest sensation of the century. They went on calling the alleged by names such as “Pervert” “Shameless” “Molester” without any substantial proof against him. They put a blind fold on their eyes and trusted whatever she had to say, and brutally defamed him across the nation. Please note that till now, nobody had heard what the alleged had to say. Ms. Kaur was declared a “Braveheart” and Delhi police announced an award sum of Rs. 5000/- for her bravery, while Mr. Singh was declared a “Pervert” by the media.
Now let me make one thing very clear that right from the beginning, I am not defending or supporting either. My purpose is to set it forward in front of you guys according to my perspective. The constitution gave me the right to express myself. If truth hurts you, you may want to close the tab right now.
My question is, Was she right in defaming him on the social media even before the court’s verdict? Let us consider he was wrong, does it give her the right to punish him by publicly lynching his social life? Tell me, is this less than a crime? Killing a person’s social image must be covered by the law codes, its high time now. If the court had refused to help, may be then one could have taken such a step.
Let us take a look at what Mr. Vishwajeet Singh had to say. He came forward as the eye witness in the whole incident. According to him, Mr. Sarvjeet’s story was correct. He mentioned in his interview that it was Ms. Kaur rather who made unacceptable gestures at the alleged.
Reports came forward where there were enough evidences to support that Ms. Kaur was volunteering for Traffic control while according to her interviews, she was on her way home that night. She also seemed a bit confused and rather much aggressive during all her interviews. She gained much popularity whether she wanted or not. Media linked her to AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) which forms the current Delhi Government. She later accepted saying, she works as a volunteer for the party. However she seemed rather annoyed when media indicated towards an election motive behind the incident. Delhi Chief Minister also congratulated Ms. Kaur for her bravery.
Now, I am no one to judge what happened between them. I do not know anyone of them personally. Do I think eve teasing is wrong? YES! Do I think IF Mr. Sarvjeet is wrong, he must undergo trial? YES! Do I think Ms. Kaur was right in posting his images on social media? NO! At least give the man a chance to defend himself before passing a public 302 on him. He may be wrong, but you were not right either Ms. Kaur. The law was made for a reason, for everyone. Let’s rely on Judiciary.
More than Ms. Kaur herself, I guess it was the media who highlighted the incident more than needed. Who gave them the right to jump on conclusions? Journalism as far as I have read, is to put forward the truth or opinions without being biased. But media went on humiliating the man across the nation by calling him names. Biased Media? Well forget about that – This was more like passing a judgement all on their own. It was extremely irresponsible on the part of media rather, criminal when they can call someone with hurtful names like that.
Mr. Sarvjeet, if you are reading this, I think you must file a complaint against the news channels for passing hateful comments on you on National Television. You must also appreciate some news channels like Zee TV who tried to put forward both sides of the story. I still do not know who is right and who is wrong. I am at loss of words. Its the media who created this drama. This incident should not have been made so big. The media got its TRP and both the boy and the girl are now attending the law procedures regularly. Media went on asking leading questions and in a rage, there were responses which further caused confusion. I am waiting for the court’s verdict. I have faith in the constitution and judiciary of my country. I truly believe that media owes an apology to Sarvjeet and Jasleen for causing a havoc in their lives, to the nation which thought you had done your research before claiming and broadcasting something that delicate. It was the lives of two individuals. Would you apologise with same pomp and show on your channel IF he is proven non guilty?
Speak up against the irresponsible media, I hope may be they realise that what they did was WRONG. Females are not always the victims, Males are not always the culprits and vice versa. It may be a misunderstanding which was used to create a sensational news. It was a fight, where someone may have spoken something bad. The girl expressed her anger on social media, police got involved. If the boy was guilty, he would have realised his mistake, charged or even punished after court’s verdict. But then Media came, and made it an issue such that both the boy and the girl are now suffering a social agitation instead of concentrating upon their lives and career.