Over the last couple of days the media has been carrying a story of a former model who was living on the streets and begging for a living. The appropriate shocked reactions from the modelling community and the media aside, please give me a break. (Yes, I do feel sorry for the girl and the problems she’s going through.)
This incident makes news because she’s an ex-model who has walked the ramp with Sushmita Sen or whoever else. There are scores of people who are suffering equally if not more and they don’t get a modicum of coverage, let alone a second glance at the media. Just because Geetanjali Nagpal is (was?) beautiful she gets special treatment. How shallow is that?
And, from what I’ve read, the girl has family who disowned her because of alleged drug problems. She has a family unlike so many street kids who don’t. Why doesn’t the media take up profiles of these kids? Not high enough on the “sexy” scale? Won’t sell ads?
I’m not saying that stories like these shouldn’t be covered. They can be, but there is more to the journalism than just selling newspapers (or ads). The media needs a bit of introspection to realise what their role in society is and reconnect with that role.
But, what do I know, I’m just a blogger.