If the gang rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Shakti Mills in Mahalaxmi last Thursday sparked outrage across the city, it also left the Mumbai Police furious. The police blame the magazine’s department of photography head for putting the victim at risk by sending her on assignment to the secluded and abandoned Shakti Mills.
Senior police officers said seasoned journalists know how to deal with such situations with their years of experience in the profession. They learn to trust their instincts and react accordingly. Freshers, on the other hand, when sent on a difficult assignment are bound to panic and not know how to deal with such encounters.
“We are not saying freshers should not be sent on difficult assignments. All we are saying is that freshers should be trained to tackle such situations. In this instant case both the victim as well as her companion were new to the profession but were sent to this secluded place in the evening on an assignment,” a senior police officer said, requesting anonymity.
His colleague said that at least two senior persons should accompany a fresher especially if the fresher is a woman and is sent on an assignment that has an element of risk to it. “This is not about how safe the city is, this is about taking basic precautions and ensuring that you don’t land in trouble. This is applicable throughout the country,” he said.