Reporter attacked, advised not to complain

IN Media Watch Briefs | 12/01/2018

A Facebook post by Damayantee Dhar who reports for The Wire records an attack on herself and another reporter from the Ahmedabad Mirror on January 7  by a "mob of 15-20 dalit men". She says the two of them were heckled, manhandled and had their press cards and mobile phones snatched and the recording she was doing deleted. She says she was advised by "Leftist activists and editors" to let the attack go and not file a complaint against dalits as it would "go against the movement." She was investigating a story of alleged caste discrimination in a medical  college. Eventually she did write to the Police Commissioner at Ahmedabad and her complaint was acted upon.                               

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