A tragic farce

Film star Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying was undoubtedly a tragedy. The blossoming profession of a proficient artiste, who had excelled in Bollywood towards heavy odds, got here to an abrupt finish. The greater tragedy is all that has occurred within the months after he was discovered lifeless in his Mumbai house on June 14: a shoddy investigation that’s making no headway; a no-holds-barred slanging match between Sushant’s friends; and a ruthless trial by the media. Three main investigative companies are on the job: the Central Bureau of Investigation is probing the abetment of suicide case after the Maharashtra Police have been slammed by the media, whereas the Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau are trying into the apparently associated points of cash laundering and medicines, respectively. Still, we’re none the wiser in regards to the hows and whys of the actor’s dying. Instead, his quick life has been dissected with stunning insensitivity, depriving his household and pals of dignity in addition to privateness. No much less painful is the ordeal of his girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, and her household. Even because the probe is in progress, she has been declared ‘guilty until proven innocent’ somewhat than the opposite manner spherical. The presumption of innocence — the bedrock of the prison justice system worldwide — has been perversely inverted.

The personal lives of two actors have come underneath evident scrutiny at a time when Indian financial system is in a tailspin, there isn’t a let-up in Covid circumstances, and the nation’s troops are locked in a tense standoff with China. Amid such urgent points, sensationalism has taken centre stage, dividing public opinion between two hashtags — #JusticeForSushant and #JusticeForRhea.

As if issues weren’t unhealthy sufficient, political events have joined the despicable bandwagon. In poll-bound Bihar, the state Sushant hailed from, opportunists have latched on to the case within the hope of reaping electoral dividends. The media, above all, can’t escape culpability for having diminished an actor’s dying to a sordid spectacle. The onus is on the probe companies to seek out the reality expeditiously and convey down the curtain on this tragic farce.

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