Moneylife's consulting editor Vinita Deshmukh won this year’s Laadli Award for her articles on Pune constable Jayashree Mane, who was assaulted by her senior for using RTI
Vinita Deshmukh, the consulting editor of Moneylife was Wednesday felicitated with the Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity from the western region for 2013-14. She received the Award for her story on a woman constable from Pune who was assaulted for using the Right to Information (RTI) Act. (Read: Pune constable Jayashree Mane, an RTI user, slapped by her senior
The Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity highlights, acknowledge and celebrate the commendable efforts by various media at providing gender-just perspectives, portrayals and analysis. Vinita is among the 27 journalists selected by the jury from 588 entries received from western region.
Dr AL Sharada, director of Population First, said, "Many stories are written by journalists but Vinita went beyond news column. She took up the cudgels to bring justice to the lady cop who was assaulted for using RTI". Laadli is a campaign launched by Population First in 2005 to address the mindsets that discriminate against women, promote inequalities and justify gender-based violence.
Vinita Deshmukh said, "The fight for the woman cop is far from over as Pune Police has slapped a departmental enquiry on the constable for approaching media. I, along with RTI activists from Pune are firmly standing behind her."
This year’s awardees include, Femina magazine, Kunal Rajnikant Purohit from Hindustan Times, Shwetha Kannan (Afternoon Despatch & Courier), Gujarat Guardian, Himmat Kataria (Abhiyaan), Kamini Sanghvi (Mumbai Samachar), Ketan Dave (Nav Gujarat Samay), Kutch Mitra Daily, Bhuvanesh Pandya (Rajasthan Patrika), Suman Kachhawa and Varsha Mirza (Daily News), Mohan Maruti Maskar-Patil (Lokmat), Mrinmayee Ranade (MADHURIMA and Divya Marathi), Vrushali Magdum, Tara Kaushal (Governancenow.in), Dr Abha Sharma (bbc.co.uk/hindi), 94.3 My FM, Vinayak Gaikwad, Priyanka Desai and Alka Dhupkar (IBN Lokmat).
The winners in Special Jury Citation include, Sukhada Tatke (The Hindu), Marisha Shah (Nav Gujarat Samay), Raj Bhaskar (Sadhana Magazine), Hamari Awaaz (Vividha), Dipti Raut and Priyanka Desai (IBN Lokmat). For social awareness, Aditi Desai from Gujarati theatre has been selected for a Special Award.
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