Criminal trials increasingly operate in a world of saturation media coverage. It is time to acknowledge this fact in our treatment of them. The incarceration of the accused while adjudication of the case is still pending leaves them with limited resources to state their case in the court of public opinion, while the prosecution has no such limitations. Often access to the media, even if limited, enables the accused to provide their side of the story.
Lawyer, anthropologist and teaches Sociology at the South Asian University
Anuj Bhuwania is trained as a lawyer and an anthropologist and teaches Sociology at the South Asian University, New Delhi.
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