Monday, 31 October 2016

ANALYSIS OF COVERAGE OF CHILD AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS ISSUES IN RAJASTHAN'S NEWSPAPERS



INTRODUCTION:

The monitoring and scan of English and Hindi newspapers published from Jaipur, which was started in September 2016, continued till the end of October 2016 with an equal emphasis given to the  regional editions of Hindi newspapers of Rajasthan. In addition to the news items of the State Capital and different parts of the State, the news items of national and international significance from New Delhi and other parts of the country were also scanned and analysed. Thus, the daily scan activities comprised the monitoring of news items in Jaipur, State and National segments.
            The whole exercise was taken up in an attempt to understand the trend of coverage of issues related to children and child rights as well as women's rights. A large number of stories appeared in the newspapers in the shape of hard news, features, data, articles, etc. The themes of stories ranged from child labour and child marriage to child abuse, violence against children, discrimination due to caste or economic status, abduction and trafficking of children, malnutrition, right to education, shelter homes, drop-outs from schools and crimes against women.

LIST OF NEWSPAPERS:
For the purpose of this study, the following English and Hindi newspapers published from Jaipur were selected and scanned for publication of news and feature items:
  1. Hindustan Times
  2. The Times of India
  3. DNA
  4. Rajasthan Patrika
  5. Dainik Bhaskar
  6. Dainik Navjyoti
  7. Daily News

Two leading newspapers – Rajasthan Patrika and Dainik Bhaskar – published from the regional centres such as Jodhpur, Udaipur and Kota, were also scanned in order to monitor their news contents generated at the district level. These newspapers gave a detailed coverage to small events which, despite being significant, are often not covered in the newspapers published from the State Capital.

INDICATORS FOR MONITORING OF NEWS:
The news and feature items were scanned in the newspapers to look for the coverage of topics such as child labour, child marriage, physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, violence against children,  trafficking of children, malnutrition, condition of shelter homes and orphanages, school drop-outs, facilities in schools, awareness on children's issues through organisations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Action Aid, Plan India and voluntary groups, foetal sex selection and female foeticide, safe motherhood and violence and crimes against women. The specific topics searched in the news items were child abuse/rape/molestation and cases under POCSO Act, foeticide incidents, child protection, child education, child health and care, juvenile justice, child labour, child rescue, child psychology, child Laws, right to education, school fee, dropout from schools, child marriage, child rescue homes, child malnutrition, trafficking of children, shelter house/orphanage homes and charitable homes/cradle schemes, midday meals, corporal punishment, street children, newborn death/IMR, girl child death, Beti Bachao/Beti Padhao Abhiyan, abandoned/lost children, sex selection, Aganwadi centres, Janani Surksha Yojana, lack of toilets, women's empowerment and child pronography.

KEY OBSERVATIONS:
JAIPUR:
  1. The total number of stories covered in the monitoring and scan exercise for the Jaipur section from October 21 to 30, 2016, were 71. The clippings of these news and feature stories were collected and submitted on a daily basis, along with the daily scan report. The maximum number of news stories carried in newspapers during the period under study were on the educational matters and issues relating to child rights, followed by women's rights and sanitation matters, such as diversion of funds for construction of toilets to village panchayat accounts instead of payment to beneficiaries. The news story expressed an apprehension that such a trend would defeat the purpose of Swachh Bharat Mission.
  2. The news stories covered a wide range of topics which displayed some positive developments, such as the children starting to get pre-primary education in Anganwadi centres along with health and nutrition services and Rajasthan Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan sending proposal for developing 74 schools in tribal districts. An analysis of these developments would suggest that there is a new awakening in Rajasthan for getting quality education through the government's institutions, with which the rural population is exploring a new affinity. Similar developments in the fields of health care, gender parity and social justice call for evolving new approaches for ensuring holistic development of the society.
  3. Two news stories depicted a positive trend of the education authorities taking positive action for the sections which deserve special attention for their educational development. The Rajasthan Secondary Education Council decided to open girls' hostels in Swami Vivekanand Model Schools in a bid to improve students' enrolment, while the State Government's Education Department decided to hold extra classes for weak students of V and VIII classes in the government schools.
  4. The festival of Diwali during the week provided an opportunity to the citizens at large to share happiness and festive spirit with the children coming from disadvantaged sections of society. News stories highlighted the gifts given poor students in various schools. The Rajfed staff distributed sweets and crackers to children at children's home of Social Welfare Department on the occasion of Diwali. Similarly, students at Cambridge Court World School celebrated an eco-friendly Diwali.
  5. The significant issue of women's safety was also highlighted effectively by the newspapers during the week, as the Rajasthan State Women's Commission launched a women's security app. It will provide security to women in distress on pressing switch and begin recording on shaking mobile phone thrice. In another incident, a woman who was driven out of her home with her daughter succeeded in coming back with the help of police after spending two days on road outside the house in a residential colony in Jaipur.
  6. The news story on the increase by 5.46 per cent in enrolments in the rural schools generated hopes for eucational development in the villages of Rajasthan. Pratham NGO has applauded the trend. Rajasthan will also be the first state to change no-detention policy after amendment to RTE Act. The learning level will be assessed in each class after IV. In another development, class IX girl students will get cycles of orange colour from the State Government, while the Opposition party had alleged it to be saffron.
  7. The Rajsthan High Court has asked the Central Government to take a policy decision on admission of girls to military schools. This may pave the entry of girls to the prestigious military schools across the country. In a related development, a computer training camp began for girl students selected by Women and Child Development Department.
  8. A vaccination drive launched by UNICEF aims at reducing the dropout rate. In this connection, a media workshop was organised in Jaipur for spreading awareness about routine immunisation and was given a wide coverage. Health experts from UNICEF and the State Government interacted with the mediapersons and explained each step involved in immunisation of children. The immunisation coverage has increased to 78 per cent.
  9. A news story reported that the women educated up to VIII class can be appointed as accredited social health workers, according to new orders issued by the Women and Child Development Department. This will be helpful for women willing to work in the field and make contribution for implementing the government's schemes for women and children at the grassroots.
  10. On the health front, Jaykay Lon Hospital in Jaipur started enzyme replacement therapy for treatment of Goucher's disease by giving injection to an affected child referred by ESI on the court's direction. Another news story reported that a large number of children were found having eye ailments in a diagnosis held in schools. Such reports call for urgent action in order to maintain good health of school children.

RAJASTHAN:
  1. A wide range of subjects related mainly to the rural life were covered in the news stories published from the towns across Rajasthan during the period under review. The topics included strengthening of women's position in village panchayats, non-linking of bank accounts of students with Aadhar cards for scholarships and treatment for hyperactive children.
  2. Beating years of political exclusion, women are gradually occupying the decision-making positions and holding key administrative posts in village panchayats. The news story about this trend in Bhilwara district showed that the days of husbands acting on behalf of women in the panchayat bodies are over and women are now asserting themselves.
  3. Students were reported to be a harassed lot because of non-linking of their bank accounts for scholarships with Aadhar cards, as the last date for online application was October 31. Another news story reported a treatment discovered by a research student for hyperactive children, who lose temper early and are negligent.
  4. A woman teacher who tried to give application against her transfer to the Education Minister was dragged out of the venue of a function being attended by the Minister in Ajmer. The news story on this incident narrated the facts about the teacher's transfer but did not raise the larger questions of accountability of the government staff and sensitivity in the officials attached to the Minister.
  5. In a positive development for health care of women, a sanitary napkin vending machine started functioning in Ummaid Hospital in Jodhpur. It will provide a packet with containing 3 napkins on inserting a coin of Rs. 10.
  6. At a yatra flagged off in Dausa by the Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Ms. Anita Bhadel, an impressive function was organised for generating awaress on child marriage. The yatra formed part of the Sajha Abhiyan campaign lauched by the Rajasthan Government, UNFPA and UNICEF.
  7. Informers' network in villages will be strengthened to check sex selection tests and female foeticide, according to a news story. Such stories should also inform the readers how they can contribute to protection of the girl child by complaining against illegal sex determination centres.
  8. The students' health was stated to be in danger due to lack of coordination between Health and Education Departments in one of the news storiees. Pneumonia and iron deficiency was detected among students. In another news story, it was reported that a single teacher was looking after five classes in 800 schools in Udaipur district, while the parent do not want to send their children to schools.

NATIONAL:
  1. In the disturbed Kashmir Valley, children have become a moot point in the politics as the kin of victims of violence feel that justice is elusive, according to a detailed news story. A large number of children were injured in the violence between the Army and demonstrators recently. On the other hand, girls are learning wrestling in an Akhara in Pune with the target of  competing in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.
  2. A news story from Ranchi reported about a unique step in Jharkhand to name and shame those who employ children. This initiative to publicize the people involved in promoting child labour is expected to reduce the scourge significantly.
  3. The policy of not detaining students till VIII class will now be under the control of State Governments, as the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked all states to decide on learning outcome of students till further amendments in the Right to Education Act.
  4. In a disturbing revelation, a study has pointed out that despite going to schools, only 48 per cent girls in India are becoming literate. The average is far behind that in Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, says a news report.


INFOGRAPHICS:
An impressive display of facts and figures along with pictures, graphs and figures conveys the information to the readers in an easy-to-understand format. The use of infographics for reporting about a health survey in Rajasthan Patrika during the week stated that boys get married at a tender age in a larger number than the girls across the country. The situation of boys in the child marriage cases in Rajasthan is reported to be worse, as 27.5 per cent of boys get married as minors against 14.3 per cent of girls.

UPLOADING ON WEBSITE AND GOOGLE REPORTS:
The news clippings from different newspapers and the daily scan report of news stories are regularly uploaded on the website www.aimec.in for putting these important documents in the public domain in order to spread awareness and generate debates. As the website has a large readership base, this exercise is getting good response. The audience stats report, post stats report and traffic sources report of Google bear testimony to the large viewership of the uploaded material.

Kalyan Singh Kothari

Secretary: Lok Samvad Sansthan

Sunday, 30 October 2016

October 29 (Sanitation)

Jaipur

1. Rajasthan Patrika
Ryan International School students take up environmental issues with Forest Minister and talk about cleanliness and related issues.

2. Rajasthan Patrika
Cambridge Court World School students celebrate eco-friendly Diwali.

October 29 (Health & Education)

Education

Jaipur

1. Hindustan Times
Rajasthan Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan sends proposal for developing 74 schools in tribal districts.

2. The Times of India
Actor Ashish Vidyarthi praises acting skills of students at a function at Jayshree Periwal International School.

Health

Rajasthan

1. Dainik Bhaskar / Rajasthan Patrika(Jodhpur)
Sanitary napkin vending machine starts functioning in Ummaid Hospital. It will provide a packet with containing 3 napkins on inserting a coin of Rs. 10.

2. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Husband of pregnant woman runs from pillar to post for platelets in MBS Hospital, while blood bank staff kept on sleeping.

3. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Research student discovers treatment for hyperactive children, who lose temper early and are negligent.

October 29 (Child Right)

Jaipur

1. Daily News
Rajfed staff distributes sweets and crackers to children at children's home of Social Welfare Department on the occasion of Diwali.

National

2. DNA(London)
India far behind in Commonwealth global youth index on employment, health, education and civic and political sphere.

3. Dainik Bhaskar(Sitamarhi)
Youth cuts off nose of an adolescent girl student when she resisted his sexual advances. Younger sister also injured.

October 29 (Women's Right)

Jaipur


1. Daily News / Dainik Navjyoti / Rajasthan Patrika / The Times of India
Rajasthan State Women's Commission launches women's security app. It will provide security to women in distress on pressing switch and begin recording on shaking mobile phone thrice.

2. Dainik Bhaskar / Hindustan Times / Rajasthan Patrika / The Times of India
Woman enters home with her daughter with the help of police after spending two days on road outside the house.

Rajasthan 


3. Daily News(Ajmer)
Woman teacher who tried to give application against her transfer to Education Minister dragged out from venue of a function.

4. Rajasthan Patrika(Rajsamand)
Husband of a woman, whose body was found in a field, alleged her murder after rape and lodges complaint with police.

National


5. DNA(New Delhi)
The minority report: Amid debate on uniform civil code, all minorities have reservations about one-size-fits-all law.

6. The Times of India(Lucknow)
Uttar Pradesh government removes upper age limit for widows and divorced women applying for government jobs.


Saturday, 29 October 2016

October 28 (Sanitation)

Jaipur

1. The Times of India
Girls' education and saving cows to be themes of trade bodies on the occasion of Diwali.

National

2. Rajasthan Patrika(England)
Air pollution immensely harming children and youths.

October 28 (Child Rights)

Jaipur

1. Dainik Bhaskar
Rajasthan University students launch campaign for collecting money for poor children for Diwali celebrations.

Rajasthan

2. Hindustan Times(Dausa)
Need to create awareness on child marriage, says Minister Anita Bhadel at Sajha Abhiya Yatra organised by UNFPA and UNICEF.

3. The Times of India / Dainik Bhaskar / Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
Residents take to streets over toddler's rape in Rajsamand. Rape victim still serious.

4. Rajasthan Patrika(Jodhpur)
Minor student ragged another student in a private school near Gita Bhavan, concludes police in probe.

National

5. Hinustan Times(Ranchi)
Jharkhand to name and shame those who employ children.

October 28 (Health & Education)

Education

Jaipur

1. DNA
Class IX girl students to get cycles of orange colour from State Government. Opposition Congress had alleged it to be saffron.

2. Dainik Bhaskar
Madrasa students to get associated with open school system after passing out of VIII class

3. Dainik Bhaskar
Rajasthan to be first state to change no-detention policy after amendment to RTE Act. Learning level in each class after IV.

4. The Times of India
5.46 per cent spurt in enrolments in rural schools. Pratham NGO lauds the trend.

Rajasthan

5. Dainik Navjyoti(Ajmer)
Film actress of yesteryears Sharmila Tagore gives away gold medals to students in Mayo College.

Health

Jaipur

1. Rajasthan Patrika
11 per cent school children suffering from eye ailments due to use of computer, smart phones, fast food and television.

Rajasthan

2. Dainik Bhaskar(Jodhpur)
No kits for CRP test of children in Ummed Hospital. Doctors sending patients to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital.

October 28 (Women's Right)

Jaipur


1. Daily News / Dainik Bhaskar / Dainik Navjyoti
Woman with her newborn daughter driven out of home by in-laws. She sits on dharna. Husband arrested but immediately granted bail.

2. Daily News
Orphans, disabled people and widows earn a significant income under Annapurna Bhandar Yojana.

Rajasthan


3. DNA(Jhunjhunu)
Woman set ablaze by sister and boyfriend over land dispute.

4. Hindustan Times(Alwar)
Women bridging tech-gender divide by training rural women in use of smart phones and tablets.

5. Dainik Bhaskar(Udaipur)
Informers' network in villages to be strengthened to check sex selection tests and female foeticide.

National


6. DNA(Thiruvananthapuram)
Elder women at home in Kerala face sexual abuse by family members, says a report presented in the State Assembly.

Friday, 28 October 2016

October 27 (Women's Rights)

Jaipur

1. Dainik Bhaskar
Computer training camp begins for girl students selected by Women and Child Development Department.

Rajasthan


2. Rajasthan Patrika(Jodhpur)
Godman Asaram, facing trial for rape, says outside the court that he is in favour of abolition of triple Talaq.

3. Rajasthan Patrika(Rajsamand)
Question mark on women's security: Over 22 adolescent girls raped in nine months. No fear of law despite strict action.

October 27 (Health & Education)

Health

Jaipur

1. Rajasthan Patrika
Officials in Health and Primary Education Departments waiting for their transfers.

Education

Rajasthan 

2. Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
District Congress Committee president general secretary Mohanlal Sharma said communal interference in school syllabus will not be tolerated.

National

3. DNA(New Delhi)
No-detention is now states' call: HRD Ministry asks states to decide on learning outcome of students till further amendments in RTE Act.

October 27 (Child Rights)

Jaipur

1. Dainik Bhaskar / Rajasthan Patrika / The Times of India
Rajsthan High Court asks Centre to take a policy decision on admission of girls to military schools.

2. Dainik Navjyoti
Cooperative societies fail to distribute midday meals at Angawadi centres and refund the money.

3. Dainik Navjyoti
Post-matric scholarships of SC/ST/OBC/SBC students stuck for five years.

4. Dainik Navjyoti
Inspection reports of Anganwadi centres to be monitored online. Decision expected to bring transparency.

5. Rajasthan Patrika
Social Justice Minister Arun Chuturvedi pulls up officers for not releasing scholarships of SC/ST/OBC students on time.

Rajasthan 


6. DNA(Kota)
Kota students still await a government conselling centre to deal with suicide cases

7. Daily News(Kotputli)
Children at Anganwadi centre become happy after getting uniform and bags from a donor.

8. Dainik Navjyoti / Hindustan Times / The Times of India / Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
Rape of two-year-old girl on the roof of a shop. Accused arrested as private parts of girl were damaged.

9. Dainik Bhaskar(Pali)
Investigation in molestation of five BPL girl students in Kasturba Residential School completed after seven months. Orders issues for arrest of accused teacher.

10. Dainik Bhaskar(Nawa)
Fifty-year-old man rapes 5-year-old girl by luring her for biscuits. The accused, which fled after crime, arrested by police.

11. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Court punishes man convicted for raping an adolescent girl for one-and-a-half month with life imprisonment.

12. Rajasthan Patrika(Karauli)
Life imprisonment awarded to three persons convicted of gangrape of a girl returning from a music programme in March 2014.

October 27 (Sanitation)

Jaipur


1. Daily News
FXB India to give tips for sanitation to children living in slum colonies under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

2. Dainik Navjyoti
School children request Chief Minister to ensure that all roads in Jaipur become as green as Jawaharlal Nehru Marg.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

October 26 (Women's Right)

Jaipur


1. Hindustan Times
Create awareness that triple Talaq is invalid, says an article discussing the plea for ban on triple Talaq pending before Supreme Court.

Rajasthan


2. Dainik Bhaskar(Udaipur)
90 per cent of women and girls face molestation and sexual assault during their lives, says a study of Care India.

National


3. The Times of India(Chandigarh)
Seven months after marriage to rapist, 19-year-old girl hangs herself.

4. The Times of India(New Delhi)
Triple Talaq is unconstitutional and must come to an end, says Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.

5. The Times of India(New Delhi)
Push for equality: Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams triple Talaq but majority appeasement too is a problem.

October 26 (Health & Education)

Health

Jaipur

1. DNA
UNICEF vaccine drives to target dropout rate. Workshop organized to spread awareness about routine immunization.

Rajasthan


2. Dainik Bhaskar(Tidi)
Minor girl falls ill after having food and dies. She was taken to CHC on complaint of stomach pain.

3. Dainik Bhaskar(Nathdwara)
Electricity wires get stuck on roof of school bus, current flows, but the lives of 50 children are saved.

Education

Jaipur

1. Hindustan Times
Union HRD Ministry must not delay introducing learning outcomes in the RTE rules, says an editorial.

2. Rajasthan Patrika
Scholarship released for students belonging to minority communities.

Rajasthan 


3. Daily News / Dainik Navjyoti / Rajasthan Patrika(Kotputli)
Rs.10.28 crores to be spent on development of schools in rural areas of Jaipur district.

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Haunmargarh)
Students willingly pay Rs.900 as development fee in school, as it becomes hi-tech.

5. Dainik Bhaskar(Jodhpur)
Demand letter prepared in the meeting of physical training instructors. Warns of agitation if government does not accept demands.

6. Dainik Bhaskar(Udaipur)
4,000 schools have not received budget for midday meals for five months. District Education Officer does not know where files are.

National


7. Rajasthan Patrika(New Delhi)
Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudeo Devnani suggests establishment of Education Commission of India on the lines of Election Commission.

October 26 (Child Rights)

Jaipur


1. DNA
Minor rape: Mother, uncle sent to judicial custody for 15 days. Victim was raped in a car by her maternal uncle.

2. Hindustan Times
Child marriage accounts for a third of school drop-outs, says a UNFPA study.

3. Rajasthan Patrika
Immunisation has improved and the need now is to reach out to the rural areas, say experts at a workshop of UNICEF.

Rajasthan 


4. DNA(Dausa)
Abhiyan Yatra of Sajha Abhiyan launched to curb evil custom of child marriage. Drive initiated by Rajasthan government, UNICEF and UNFPA.

5. Hindustan Times(Bhilwara)
Curse of traditional cure singes childhood. Hot iron or burning cotton is put on children for treatment.

6. Dainik Bhaskar(Udaipur)
Student Rudransh has not gone to school for eight after being beaten up, has fear of even talking to others.

7. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Two brothers sentenced to imprisonment for five years each in a case of kidnapping of a girl.

8. Rajasthan Patrika(Bhilwara)
Rapists awarded sentence of 20 years' imprisonment each in a case of gangrape of an adolescent girl.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

October 25 (Child Rights)

Rajasthan


1. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Woman arrested for giving her minor daughter to men for sexual abuse for two years.

October 25 (Women's Rights)

Jaipur


1. DNA
Women need to come out to the city's public spaces to demand security.

2. Daily News / Dainik Navjyoti
Women educated up to VIII class can be appointed as accredited social health workers, according to new orders of Women and Child Development Department.

3. Dainik Navjyoti / The Times of India
Muslim women come out in support of triple Talaq, hold it valid and criticize government for making a move to abolish it.

4. The Times of India
To curb child marriages, college education should be a must for girls. UN representative makes strong case for higher studies.

Rajasthan


5. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Senior paediatrician Dr. Ashok Sharda to represent Rajasthan in Indian Academy of Paediatricts.

6. Dainik Bhaskar(Udaipur)
1,400 women to get free training in computer operations at 71 IT Gyan Kendras in Udaipur district.

7. Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
Dehat Mahila Congress accuses State Government of failure in protecting women, as they are feeling unsafe.

8. Daily News(Ajmer)
Rajasthan High Court expresses concern over misuse of Section 498-A (dowry demand) of IPC. Calls for amendment to law.

National


9. Hindustan Times / The Times of India(Kanpur)
Triple Talaq is unjust, can't allow it to ruin women's lives, says Prime Minister.

October 25 (Health & Education)

Heath

Jaipur


1. Hindustan Times / Daily News
Immunization coverage up to 78%, but tackling drop-outs a challenge, say experts at a media workshop organized by UNICEF.

2. Rajasthan Patrika / Daily News
9,000 children announced as malnutrition-free. CIFF team from London meets some of the children at Todabhim block in Karauli district.

Rajasthan


3. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Premature baby brought to JK lone Hospital in a serious condition due to water in his lungs.

4. Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
Students' health in danger due to lack of coordination between Health and Education Departments. Pneumonia and iron deficiency detected among students.

5. Dainik Bhaskar(Jodhpur)
Family members create a ruckus on death of pregnant woman. She died after giving birth to a girl child.

Education

Jaipur

1. DNA
Festive bonus for teachers, but nothing for workers hired for cooking midday meals for students in schools in rural areas.

2. Daily News
Rajasthan Secondary Education Council issues notices to heads of 92 schools for dereliction of duty.

3. Dainik Navjyoti
Annual day of Neeraja Modi School. Children play violin and guitar.

4. Dainik Navjyoti
92 schools emerge as feeding defaulters in Shala Darpan programme. Udaipur found on the top in not updating data.

Rajasthan


5. Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
A single teacher looking after five classes in 800 schools in Udaipur districts. Parent doesn’t want to send their children to schools.

National


6. Dainik Bhaskar(New York)
Despite going to schools, only 48 per cent girls in India becoming literate. The average is far behind that in Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, says a study.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

October 24 (Child Rights)

Rajasthan


1. Dainik Bhaskar(Jodhpur)
Youth arrested in Rajiv Gandhi Nagar area for sexually assaulting minor girl for two years on the pretext of marriage.

National


2. Dainik Bhaskar(Bhilai)
Girl found in trash to be medically treated in the U.S., as a couple from California make online application to adopt her.

October 24 (Women's Rights)

Rajasthan


1. Hindustan Times(Ajmer)
After his wife was harassed, soldier had to launch a staunch fight to get a case registered against the accused persons.

2. Hindustan Times(Kota)
Uniform Civil Code seeks to target Muslims, not usher in any reforms, says a signature campaign of All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

3. The Times of India(Churu)
34-year-old Dalit woman raped by a man who entered her house to get her signatures on documents in Hanatpura village.

4. The Times of India / Dainik Bhaskar / Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
Woman raped in daylight near police chowk in Mavli village during a fair. Accused arrested.

National


5. DNA(Hyderabad)
Woman tweets to cops about harassment by cab driver. Tweet sent to Telangana DGP and the woman later thanked the cops.

6. DNA(New Delhi)
Updated human trafficking draft Bill widens avenues. It makes new definitions of trafficking and rehabilitation.

October 24 (Health & Education)

Jaipur


1. DNA
Rajasthan government proposes hike in rural allowance to ensure stability of teachers and encourage them to work in distant locations.

2. Daily News / Dainik Bhaskar / Rajasthan Patrika
Brilliant students felicitated by Gaur Brahmin Mahasabha. Scholarship also distributed in the function with a call to students to adopt honesty as a policy.

3. Daily News / Rajasthan Patrika
Clerical grade examination of RPSC: Even half of the candidates did not reach to appear in exam.

4. The Times of India
Schools caught in no man's land over assessment test, as most Rajasthan Secondary Education Board schools yet to get syllabus.

Rajasthan


5. Rajasthan Patrika(Jodhpur)
Students test their own talent in talent search examination organized by Akash Institute at three exam centers.

National


6. DNA(Mumbai)
City-based book club willing to donate 5,000 books. Book exchange club on its way out due to lack of readeship.

7. Dainik Bhaskar(Palamu)
After strike by teachers, teaching did not stop in schools in Baghmanwa panchayat, as 28 youths offered to teach 1,300 school children.

Monday, 24 October 2016

October 23 (Sanitation)


1. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Shiksha Sahakari Samiti leaves a huge plot without construction, even as squalor gathers there and makes neighbours' life difficult.

October 23 (Women's Right)

Jaiipur


1. Rajasthan Patrika
Woman of Indian origin travelling from Britain to India by car with the message of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”.

Rajasthan 


2. Dainik Bhaskar (Churu)
Rape reported with Anganwadi centre worker. Culprit was a Panchayat Samiti employee.

3. The Times of India / Dainik Bhaskar / Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
Woman raped in daylight near police chowk in Mavli village during a fair. Accused arrested.

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Udaipur)
Centre's interference in the matter of triple Talaq is not acceptable, says Congress minority cell president Nizamuddin Qureshi.

5. Dainik Bhaskar(Udaipur)
Tenant woman alleges that the landlord's son made her clipping and blackmailed her into having physical relations with him and his friends.

6. Rajatshan Patrika(Udaipur)
Samaj Shastra Parishad says women should be involved in development process. National conference ends.

National


7. Hindustan Times(Delhi)
Muslim women forced to endorse triple Talaq through a signature campaign, allege two women's organisations.

8. Hindustan Times(New Delhi)
Great laws, but women face daily harassment: Article discusses problems of women working in unorganised sector.

9. Hindustan Times(New Delhi)
When the Bar has a male tilt: Article discusses gender imbalance in Indian judiciary.

10. The Times of India(Pune)
Muslim woman refuses to accpet triple Talaq notice and decides to take up the cudgels against it.

11. The Times of India(Hyderabad)
Triple Talaq anti-democracy and anti-civilization, says Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

October 23 (Health & Edu.)

Education

Jaipur

1. Dainik Bhaskar
Confusion prevails over scholarships for minority students. Though last date is October 31, ID and passwords still not obtained from schools and colleges

2. Dainik Navjyoti
Educational conference of teachers' organization’s turns out to be a failure. Only a negligible number of teachers attended it on second day.

3. Dainik Bhaskar
Rajasthan Government to open model schools in backward blocks if the Centre withdraws from scheme.

4. Dainik Navjyoti
Jeevan Dhara organises training camp for life skills and government schemes.

Rajasthan 


5. Dainik Bhaskar(Jodhpur)
Book for IX class written with negligence. Dates of birth and death of famous persons and geographical area of state wrong.

6. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Career exhibition displays multiple career options available to students, highlights positive role of Kota in shaping students' career.

7. Rajathan Patrika(Udaipur)
Sadbhavna programme organized by Congress minority cell. Calls for encouraging higher education among children.

October 23 (Child Rights)

Jaipur


1. Daily News
Teacher accused of thrashing a girl student. Matter pertains to a private school in Adarsh Nagar.

2. Daily News
Workshop organized in Rajasthan Police Academy on increasing crimes among juveniles.

3. Rajasthan Patrika
Teacher thrashes student in private school on late arrival. Patents protest and lodge a complaint with the police.

Rajasthan 

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Hanumangarh)
Child Welfare Committee stops marriage of minor girl in Bhatta Colony with the help of police. Groom's marriage party came from Kolkata.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

October 22 (Education)

Jaipur


1. Rajasthan Patrika
Children show their creativity at an exhibition organized in MPS International School in Tilak Nagar.

Rajasthan


2. Daily News / Rajasthan Patrika(Churu)
Anganwadi centers to be run on the pattern of nursery schools. 139 centres selected in Churu district as pilot project.

3. Dainik Bhaskar(Ajmer)
Rajasthan State Secondary Education Board to refund penalty charged from private schools on recognition. Amount runs into Rs. 4 crores.

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Kota University VC Prof. P.K. Dashora calls for a significant hike in budget for education to improving its quality.

5. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
RUCTA meeting in Government College calls for improving the quality of higher education. Recommends that all decisions pertaining to students will be taken by their teacher.

6. Rajathan Patrika(Udaipur)
Genius award quiz of Rajasthan Patrika. Children take part in large numbers and narrate their experiences.

October 22 (Child Right)

Jaipur


1. Dainik Navjyoti
School children give message of road safety in a wall panel competition organized by Traffic Police and Muskan Foundation.

2. DNA
How safe are our children: Incidents of sexual assault against children increasing across the country.

Rajasthan


3. Dainik Bhaskar(Jodhpur)
Prompt action taken for rehabilitation of three child labourers rescued from a steel factory in Pratap Nagar.

October 22 (Women's Right)

Jaipur


1. Dainik Navjyoti
Youth Federation distributes free clothes to poor people and women in Jhalana slum area ahead of Diwali festival.

2. Rajasthan Patrika
Accused released from jail after promising to marry RAC constable's daughter. Rapes her again after being released and goes back on his promise.

3. Rajasthan Patrika
Triple talaq: Muslim law or Constitution. Which one should have the priority?

4. Rajasthan Patrika
Rape and punishment: Malaysian government's decides to make the convict impotent chemically is praiseworthy and worth emulating.

Rajasthan


5. Dainik Navjyoti(Chittorgarh)
Two men convicted of kidnapping, gangraping and throwing girl in front of train sentenced to 10 and 7 years' imprisonment.

6. Dainik Navjyoti / Rajasthan Patrika(Dausa)
Convict in rape case handed down life imprisonment.

7. Rajasthan Patrika(Barmer)
Teacher surrenders before police after murdering his mother, wife and two daughters. Said to be suffering from depression.

8. The Times of India(Jodhpur)
Molestation case of Spanish woman in a hotel in Jodhpur: Hotel electrician gets two-year jail term.

9. Rajatshan Patrika(Mawli)
Gangrape with woman in crowded cattle fair. Accused arrested after the news spread in the region.

National


10. Dainik Bhaskar(Raipur)
Women not allowed to sit and sleep on bed and barred from applying Sindur and Bindi on their forehead due to blind faith in Sandbahra village of 40 families.

11. Rajasthan Patrika(Thiruvananthapuram)
Diktat of government medical college in Kerala: Ban on girls wearing jeans and ornaments making sounds.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

October 21 (Health & Edu)

Education

Jaipur

1. Daily News
Government schemes to be added to syllabus of IX to XII classes of government schools.

Rajasthan


2. Dainik Bhaskar(Bikaner)
Vice versa transfers in Education Department in the last phase.

3. Dainik Bhaskar
Syllabus of X and XII classes also be changed from the next academic year, says Education Minister Vasudeo Devnani.

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Students informed about more than 100 career options at a camp organized by a coaching institute.

5. Rajasthan Patrika(Jodhpur)
National Child Science Congress begins in Air Force Central School in Jodhpur.

6. Rajasthan Patrika(Udaipur)
Students of XII class teaching their juniors in tribal-dominated Mandwa village of Kotra block because of shortage of teachers.

National


7. Dainik Bhaskar(New Delhi)
Niti Ayog unhappy with HRD Ministry over performance of School Education Department

Health

Jaipur


8. Rajasthan Patrika
JK Lon Hospital starts enzyme replacement therapy for treatment of Goucher's disease by giving injection to an affected child referred by ESI on court's direction.

Rajasthan 


9. Dainik Bhaskar / The Times of India(Uaipur)
Ruckus over death of adolescent girl. Family members accuse doctor of demanding money.

10. Dainik Bhaskar(Pratapgarh)
Medical and Health Department becomes alert after three deaths, conducts door-to-door survey to know about seasonal diseases.

National


11.  Dainik Bhaskar(Boston)
Innovation of MIT engineers and child experts: Smart bed to give the children the feeling of being in womb.

October 21 (Child Right)

Jaipur


1. DNA
NGO brings e-learning to deprived Muslim kids. Centre opened in Walled City in Jaipur.

Rajasthan


2. Dainik Bhaskar / Dainik Navjyoti(Tonk)
Three girls die after drowning in pond. They did not know how to swim.

3. Dainik Navjyoti(Ajmer)
Former president of District Bar Association writes to CM seeking action againt those selling drugs to innocent children.

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Udaan is a golden opportunity for winning free school education, scholarship in coaching and a car.

5. Dainik Bhaskar(Bikaner)
Scholarships of school students of primary and upper primary classes under threat as Aadhaar Cards not prepared and bank accounts not opened.

6. Dainik Bhaskar / Rajasthan Patrika(Jodhpur)
Human trafficking team rescues three children working as labourers in a factory in Pratap Nagar area.

October 21 (Women's Right)

Jaipur


1. Daily News / Dainik Bhaskar
Law on dowry harassment needs to be changed, says Rajasthan High Court while sending judgment to Law Commission.

2. Dainik Bhaskar
Man accused of sexually assaulting a young woman arrested by Mansarovar police.

Rajasthan


3. Dainik Bhaskar(Bikaner)
Payment of 4,000 women held up under Janani Suraksha Yojana in P.B.M. Hospital.

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Jodhpur)
Suspension proposal of doctor who conducted sex determination test, still in files. He joined duty after getting bail.

5. Dainik Bhaskar(Sriganganagar)
Network of doctor accused of conducting sex determination test found in Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana.

6. Rajasthan Patrika(Chauhtan)
Call for giving equal opportunities to daughters. Three-day Vatsalya Jan Chetana Abhiyan ends.

National


7. Daily News(New Delhi)
100 Muslim intellectuals express their views against triple Talaq and support freedom for women.

8. Hindustan Times(New Delhi)
Women's rights, not religion, are our focus, Law Commission tells Chief Ministers of all states.

9. The Times of India(New Delhi)
Triple talaq highly misused custom, says NCW chief.

10. The Times of India(New Delhi)
Government's triple talaq stand in line with Constitution, says Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Friday, 21 October 2016

ANALYSIS OF COVERAGE OF CHILD AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS ISSUES IN RAJASTHAN'S NEWSPAPERS


(October 10 to 20, 2016)
Submitted by
LOK SAMVAD SANSTHAN
2 / 633, Jawahar Nagar
Jaipur – 302 004

INTRODUCTION:

The monitoring and scan of English and Hindi newspapers published from Jaipur, which was started in September 2016, continued during the month of October 2016 with an expansion to cover regional editions of Hindi newspapers of Rajasthan. In addition to the news items of the State Capital and different parts of the State, the news items of national and international significance from New Delhi and other parts of the country were also scanned and analysed. Thus, the daily scan activities comprised the monitoring of news items in Jaipur, State and National segments.

            The whole exercise was taken up in an attempt to understand the trend of coverage of issues related to children and child rights as well as women's rights. A large number of stories appeared in the newspapers in the shape of hard news, features, data, articles, etc. The themes of stories ranged from child labour and child marriage to child abuse, violence against children, discrimination due to caste or economic status, abduction and trafficking of children, malnutrition, right to education, shelter homes, drop-outs from schools and crimes against women.

LIST OF NEWSPAPERS:

For the purpose of this study, the following English and Hindi newspapers published from Jaipur were selected and scanned for appearance of news and feature items:
  1. Hindustan Times
  2. The Times of India
  3. DNA
  4. Rajasthan Patrika
  5. Dainik Bhaskar
  6. Dainik Navjyoti
  7. Daily News

We have also scanned two leading newspapers –Rajasthan Patrika and Dainik Bhaskar –published from  regional centres –Jodhpur,Udaipur ,Kota etc from the above newspapers to watch the news and their content at the district level and observed that small events are also well covered with details.

INDICATORS FOR MONITORING OF NEWS:

The news and feature items were scanned in the newspapers to look for the coverage of topics such as child labour, child marriage, physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children, violence against children,  trafficking of children, malnutrition, condition of shelter homes and orphanages, school drop-outs, facilities in schools, awareness on children's issues through organisations such as UNICEF, and voluntary groups, foetal sex selection and female foeticide, safe motherhood and violence and crimes against women. The specific topics searched in the news items were child abuse/rape/molestation and cases under POCSO Act, foeticide incidents, child protection, child education, child health and care, juvenile justice, child labour, child rescue, child psychology, child Laws, right to education, school fee, dropout from schools, child marriage, child rescue homes, child malnutrition, trafficking of children, shelter house/orphanage homes and charitable homes/cradle schemes, midday meals, corporal punishment, street children, newborn death/IMR, girl child death, Beti Bachao/Beti Padhao Abhiyan, abandoned/lost children, sex selection, Aganwadi centres, Janani Surksha Yojana, lack of toilets, women's empowerment and child pronography.

KEY OBSERVATIONS:

JAIPUR:
  1. The total number of stories covered in the monitoring and scan exercise for the Jaipur section from October 10 to 20, 2016, were 80. The clippings of these news and feature stories were collected and submitted on a daily basis, along with the daily scan report. The maximum number of news stories carried in newspapers during the period under study were on the educational matters and issues relating to women's rights, followed by the public safety matters, such as the school children given safety tips on gas accident.
  2. The news stories covered a wide range of topics which displayed new social trends of awareness and assertion of rights by the marginalised sections of society, including their women and children. Analysis of these developments in the right perspective can offer solutions to the challenges emerging in the domains of education, gender parity, health care and equitable distribution of resources in the rural areas.
  3. A major policy decision taken by the Rajasthan government's Women and Child Development Department during the period pertained to the supply of uncooked food to Anganwadi centres for children and women for meeting their nutritional needs. The news stories on this development ought to analyse the decision in the context of local demand and its utility for Anganwadi centres which are also being converted into pre-primary schools. A comparison of nutritional value of cook and uncooked food will help the readers make an informed opinion about the utility of the decision.
  4. A news story reported that the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Mr. Arun Chaturvedi, has announces construction of school rooms in Shastri Nagar from MLA Local Area Development Fund, but it did not mention for how long the school was facing shortage of space and why it had failed to catch the attention of the Education Department's authorities. Along with these facts, the lrager questions of lack of infrastructure and the responsibility of local elected representatives should also be raised.
  5. A news story quoted State Women' Commission Chairperson Suman Sharma as saying that the cases of sexual assault and molestation can be stopped if women reform themselves and keep away from bad habits. Such stories have a scope for questioning the established value system and criticising the mindset of those in power, while helping the readers form their own opinion about gender issues.
  6. In an indication of the newspapers taking up social cause, a news story reported that girls will be apprised of their rights and various schemes under the Lado Abhiyan of Rajasthan Patrika Media Action Group. At the same time, 200 women gave message of Beti Bachao in free ride at Mahila Shakti station of Jaipur Metro, while the girl students in Rajasthan University demanded appointment of a woman coach for physical education.
  7. Why should mother have no right on foetus in her womb and abortion? How far legal bindings should be mandatory in such cases? These were relevant questions raised in an article in Rajasthan Patrika. At the same time, the Rajasthan government's decision to install sanitary napkin dispensers and incinerators in government schools brought a ray of hope for empowerment of girl students.
  8. Crimes against women have assumed a serious proportion with, as was evident in a case of a drunken man killing wife in a fit of range in Bhilwara district. Minor spat over a trivial issue took an ugly turn. On the other hand, a young woman in Moti Dungari area of Jaipur accused a man of sexually assaulting her on the pretext of marrying her. Such cases are being reported with regularity across the state.
  9. Heralding new opportunities for women, State Minister Kiran Maheshwari launched the new system in Nagaur with a single window for all schemes for girls. Such stories need to be written with a view to helping out the target groups, on this case girls from the rural areas who find it difficult to deal with the government's rules and regulations for their simple works. On the other, even after five months, women's security app of Rajasthan Women's Commission was reported to be still on trial. Such negative aspects also need to be highlighted properly.

RAJASTHAN:
  1. The news stories published from the towns across Rajasthan depicted the emerging trends in child health, child nutrition, women's security and aspirations of the youth and women for a better life in which they can stake an equal claim on the resources for their development. The stories ranged from pitiable condition of schools to the contribution of teachers and students for betterment of educational facilities.
  2. Students attending convocation ceremony of Rajasthan Secondary Education Board were to get Rs. 500 and bus or train fare. On the other hand, students of MBM Engineering College in Jodhpur created a ruckus on ragging of three students of first year. These trends show an increasing assertiveness among the youth of today.
  3. While a government doctor was arrested on charges of illegal foetal sex determination tests of pregnant women, the news stories highlighted the importance of girls' education and cleanliness conveyed during a special camp. The doctor used to tell women during consultation that they have femals foetus and advised abortion. This led  to monetary loss for women.
  4. On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, it was highlighted that daughters do 16 crore hours more work than sons. Unicef released report on girls of the age of 5 to 14 years. On World Obesity Day, it was estimated that 26.8 crore children will become overweight in the next 10 years.
  5. In a clear case of well thought-out suicide, woman throew her 10-month-old daughter in a pond and jumpd in it in Deengarh. Both of them died. Chain snatchers became active in city. Chains of two women were broken in morning, while a purse was snatched from young woman in afternoon.
  6. Girls of tribal regions in Madya Pradesh and Bihar are being educated in Barmer. They speakfluent Sanskrit and remember chapters of Gita and renditions to Gods. This is indeed a mercy fom the Almighty and has been very rightly highighted by the newspapers.
  7. In Sikar districts, girl student of VII class stops with folded hands the villagers going for open defecation in fields and generates awarenss about the ugly practice. Elsewhere, teachers went for training, putting students to difficulties without any arrangements for them. Students kept waiting.
  8. Spirit for environment protection was reflected in the models displayed at state-level inspiry award exhibition. Similarly, the IIM students in Udaipur launched “Prayatna” campaign for deaddiction of children involved in tobacco consumption.

NATIONAL:
  1. Girl students take out a rally against panchayat while demanding construction of toilet in Gomalwada village of Maharashtra. This instance depicts the reach of the media and its power to influence public opinion. The human and economic costs of malnutrition and how India can end this scourge are also potential sources of good news stories.
  2. Forcibly taking away a child to a foreign country may invite punishment of one year's sentence to the guilty, Law Commission has made the recommendation. Such developments are always of the interest of couples who have already gone through the difficult phase of separation. More such stories will generate awareness in the society.
  3. We need an Education 3.0, says TV Mohandas Pai. Education and pedagogy have constantly evolved, he says in an exclusive article. On the other hand, there are news stories about a  Sarpanch beating up 99 students of class X for failing in exams.
  4. Hunger Index Report revealed that 39 per cent children in India are suffering from malnutrition. In the same tone, major shortcomings in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act were highlighted in another news sotry. Court says the rights of minors are non-negotiable.

Submitted by:
Kalyan Singh Kothari,

Secretary Lok Samvad  Sansthan

October 20 (Public safety)

Jaipur


1. Dainik Navjyoti
Students of Government Higher Secondary School in Nimeda given safety tips on gas accident.

Rajasthan 


2. Rajasthan Patrika(Dungarpur)
Short circuit causes fire in school van in Reserve Police Lines.

3. Dainik Bhaskar(Dungarpur)
Children travelling in a school van rescued by policemen after van caught fire due to flame in gas pipeline.

4. Dainik Bhaskar(Phalodi)
Masked woman storms into a house and thrashes an old woman. She fled after looting cash and jewelry from old woman.

October 20 (Child Right)

Jaipur


1. Daily News
Shiksha Parishad sends proposal for constructing girls' hostel in each model school to give facilities to girl students.

Rajasthan 


2. Dainik Navjyoti(Sriganganagar)
Case registered against youth on charges of rape of a 12-year-old girl whom had taken away to drop at her home.

3. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Eight child labourers rescued from fair. After being produced before Child Welfare Committee, they were sent to a protection home.

4. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Four accused persons in gangrape case sent to judicial custody. They had allegedly raped a minor girl.

5. Rajasthan Patrika(Kota)
Unique school in Bakhel village of Kotra tehsil: Couple from England imparted skills training to tribal children.

6. Dainik Bhaskar(Kota)
Pre-nursery education to be given at Anganwadi centres. 20 centres selected in Kota district.

NATIONAL


7. Dainik Navjyoti(Muzaffarpur)
Principal of Central School suspended in the matter of thrashing of a Dalit student.

8. Rajasthan Patrika(Mumbai)
American couple moves petition in Bombay High Court seeking possession of their embryo’s kept in hospital.

9. The Times of India(New Delhi)
The human and economic costs of malnutrition and how India can end this scourge: Article discusses strategies to combat malnutrition.

October 20 (Health & Education)

Education

Jaipur


1. DNA
Minority students can apply for scholarship by October 31.

2. Daily News / Hindustan Times
Health of striking students at Rajasthan University deteriorating. They are demanding withdrawal of increase in fees.

3. Rajasthan Patrika
Number of students increase in government schools, but expenditure decreases.

4. Rajasthan Patrika
Students of all schools getting scholarship under any category to be linked with their Aadhaar Card numbers.

5. Rajasthan Patrika
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi announces construction of school rooms in Shastri Nagar from MLA Local Area Development Fund.

Rajasthan


6. Rajasthan Patrika(Jodhpur)
Students of MBM Engineering College create a ruckus on ragging of three students of first year.

7. Rajasthan Patrika(Ajmer)
Students attending convocation ceremony of Rajasthan Secondary Education Board to get Rs. 500 and bus or train fare.

8. Dainik Bhaskar(Banswara)
30 tribal children from Banswara to talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “Mann Ki Baat” programed through video conferencing on October 24.

National


9. DNA(Mumbai)
Check sexual assaults in tribal schools, says Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao.

Health

Jaipur


10. Daily News
Women's ward inaugurated in Community Health Centre in Chomu.