Aiana pro­gramme

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Avi­nesh Sen, Nas­inu

I wish to com­ment on the ‘Aaina’ pro­gramme that came over the air on Wed­nes­day, March 30. The guest on the show was Shamima Ali, who, through­out the pro­gramme, spoke at length about the sex­ual ha­rass­ment is­sues at the evac­u­a­tion cen­tres around the coun­try. To my amaze­ment, and dur­ing the whole time she spoke, not a sin­gle data was pre­sented as ev­i­dence to the lis­ten­ers to quan­tify the ac­tual prob­lem. We all know that ev­i­dence is the key to sub­stan­ti­ate any al­le­ga­tion and hear say can­not be ac­cepted by the ed­u­cated pub­lic lis­ten­ing out there. I am not dis­put­ing the fact that such things can hap­pen at the evac­u­a­tion cen­tres, but what I am con­cerned about is the way this is­sue is be­ing pre­sented to the pub­lic. I am aware that there are some who would like to make a real is­sue out of noth­ing and I hope this is­sue does not fall in these cri­te­ria.

A small ad­vice also to the host, please en­sure that the con­tents of such pro­grammes are fact-based and sup­ported through ev­i­dence or else it does not make any sense. Call lines were open for vic­tims to make calls and share sto­ries but not even a sin­gle vic­tim called over. The only data that has been made pub­lic by the Police is just one such in­ci­dent that hap­pened in Savusavu. Please do not let such an aus­pi­cious pro­gramme be­come a medium for strug­gling NGOs to make noises.

We, the pub­lic need facts and not fic­ti­tious sto­ries.

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