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‘Talk to my eyes, not to my chest’

In January 2012, BBC reported that India has more than 70,000 newspapers and over 80 news channels. It is the biggest newspaper market in the world, with more than 100 million copies sold daily. Stalwarts from the Indian media, at a recent conference, agreed that people in South Asia generally had a strong faith in newspapers, which is why the industry continues to thrive. But what also thrives is violence against women journalists in the field, and their ongoing harassment within the journalism fraternity.

On August 23, about 500 journalists from various publications and news channels sat silently in anger at Hutatma Chowk, one of the major squares in downtown Mumbai, to protest the rape of a young photojournalist by five men the previous day. She was on an assignment to photograph a dilapidated textile mill with a male colleague; her colleague was tied with a belt while the men raped her.

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