Framing Criminals, Famed Trials and Media Frames in the course of Justice. Daily News and Analyst.

The truth in court is all about who manages to tell the best story by joining the dots.

 

Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this world, you have the law,” wrote William Gaddis. Justice has fled the world, replaced by its this-worldly counterparts like judges, lawyers, and the media.

 

The Aarushi-Hemraj double homicide judgment on November 25, from the special CBI court located in a small court campus in Ghaziabad, convicted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for killing their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and their servant Hemraj. The couple has been convicted under the Indian Penal Code, section 302, 201 and 34. The Special Judge Shyam Lal on November 26, awarded life imprisonment to the couple for the crimes committed.

 

The media, in paradoxical ways, sways between being a mechanism of social change on the one hand, and a problem-generating machine on the other. Often it is even circular, where the problem and the solutions are both generated within the same mechanism. The Aarushi-Hemraj murder trial depicted this ecology of communication that is emerging in the Indian media.

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'Framing Criminals, Famed Trials and Media Frames in the course of Justice. Daily News and Analyst.' (27 Nov 2013) <https://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-framing-criminals-famed-trials-and-media-frames-in-the-course-of-justice-1925596> accessed on 18 Nov 2019