The Pratidin Time Controversy | Everything Explained

An Assamese news channel Pratidin Time has sparked outrage after it aired a video on how scantily dressed women are creating nuisance on the streets of Guwahati. The whole controversy started while they broadcast the video titled “Scantily Clad Girls: A Summer Time Nuisance” on YouTube. Here’s the timeline of this whole event.

1. The video was uploaded by Pratidin Time around second week of July

Yes! according to a viewer, the first time he saw that video on the official YouTube channel of Pratidin Time it was the second week of July. The video was getting maximum dislikes and comments against it. On August 18 something magical happened, people are suddenly started sharing this on Facebook and next day Pratidin Time smartly took down the video from YouTube.

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Some Updates from Facebook

2. The twist by Scoopwhoop on August 19

On August 19 Scoopwhoop, an internet media and news company published an article titled “After Watching This Disgusting News Video, I Am Ashamed Of Being An Assamese”. The article also featured with that deleted video, which was later uploaded by a user.

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3. Reporter Lashes Out At A Girl Who Called His ‘News’ Report Offensive on August 20

In an attempt to make the reporter see some sense, a source (name withheld) sent him a message on Facebook and here’s what he replied

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4. Meanwhile the Media

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5. The Online Petition

There has been an insistent online petition to the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to enforce responsible journalism. It has even been signed by the famous personalities like Adil Hussain, Utpal Borpujari, Rajni Basumatari.. etc. See the details of this petition.

6. Pratidin Times’ apology through Facebook

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7. But, The Internet/Social Media was still burning

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8. Someone posted a photo of channel’s MD and got arrested later

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9. Protest Events

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10. The Talk Show aired by Assam Talks Last Night

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Some Open Letters and Views

An Open Letter by Shamim Zakaria
Here’s Bhavna Devchoudhury
Monikongkona Boruah also shares “Privacy My Foot..”

Here’s the Controversial Video and Its Transcription

Video - Transcript

Anchor: If you are hungry, you need food. To save yourself from sun, rain and storm you need a house and to cover yourself, you need clothes.
Today our ‘agenda’ for today’s news is ‘Clothes’. Some of you might find this news offensive, but those who understands will understand the importance of our news.

Monkeys from the jungle are also wearing clothes
Monkeys from the jungle has also learnt to wash clothes
But the importance of clothes have gone down in a civilized society


Monkeys from the jungle has also learnt to wash clothes But the importance of clothes have gone down in a civilized society
00:52 (Upper Ticker) Even monkeys have learnt the importance of clothes
0:55 (Upper Ticker) Monkeys from jungle also now wears clothes.

00:58 Voice Over (VO): This is a visual from your lovely city, Guwahati
A lot of girls from these days prefer ‘shorts’
1:13: Now their preferred attire is ‘Half Pant’.
And consequently a fraction of city girls have wearing short clothes.

[Graphic and VO] 1:25: And maybe for this fraction of girls, ‘Fashion means Expose’.
[VO] 1:30: However they believe that it’s their right to wear whatever they want. Shorts are comfortable
1:40 [Interview 1: Girl]: It’s about the mindset of the people. We should wear something that makes us comfortable. But one can wear as per their fashion. And maybe that’s what they like.
1:50 [Interview 2: Girl]: If we go out on roads wearing shorts, for shopping, I don’t think so there is an issue with it.
[VO] 1:58: But why is that only 5 out of 100 girls need comfort? And because of this fashion and comfort, many people gaze into such shorts.

2:10  <Assamese song on short clothes>
2:10  <Assamese song on short clothes>
2:24: Girls in shorts or half pants, it is bad to say, but such kind of clothes sensitize the roads.

2:33: [Interview 3: Man]: The culture that Assam had is no longer there. And now they curse the male that you looked at her like indecently. Right now I saw a girl, the dress she is wearing, what do I say? The culture which we have, what we should wear, the way we should do hair, they way we should wear clothes; it’s no longer there.

[VO] 2:55: In the streets of Guwahati, there are ample of girls who are wearing shorts.
[Piece to Camera]: Spaceship has travelled to Mars from Earth. And at the same time, here in Assam we are debating about attires in Assam. How relevant it is?
[News clip: Assamese Singer] 3:07: The organizers have said that I can’t sing on stage if I don’t wear the traditional Assamese attire, Mekhla Chador.
3:15 [VO]: Yes, in the same city, where a singer cannot take the stage even after wearing decent clothes, there shouldn’t s any problem in making news out of attires that are being worn.
And these girls should also keep in mind that, culture isn’t preserved on stages, the stage of culture is society.
3:33: With Cameraperson Vipul Mazumdar, Heman Rajbonsi, Pratidin Time, Guwahati.

Transcript Source: Pseudofiction

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Meghranani is a SIBM graduate working as community manager in Network18 Media. She is a staff writer of Magical Assam. She is fond of watching movies and playing guitar. She spends too much time browsing internet specially scrolling Tumblr.

1 COMMENT

  1. […] In a recent news report presented by ‘protidin times’, a prestigious news channel of Assam which aired a report  on “scantily clad” women terming them as a summertime nuisance.  The report further showed shots of monkey’s wearing clothes and of women wearing short dresses, which ran with an ‘exclusive’ tag explaining how animals were ever so keen on putting on clothes whereas women are more keen on shedding them. The report was aired originally in May, but went viral on all social platforms recently, after which the channel took down the report. The reporter of the story, then in an attempt to save the goodwill of the channel, remarked that such clothing went against Assam’s cultures and traditions. The 3.42 ­minute video that mostly focused on women’s posteriors and legs without their consent ran with a ticker: “Fashion means expose”. […]

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