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December 23, 2013

Activist ends his life following allegations of rape

Indians discuss the role of media in NGO director's death.

A man rides his bicycle past the Indian Defence (L) and Home Ministries on a cold winter morning in New Delhi December 19, 2013. (REUTERS/ANINDITO MUKHERJEE)

The role of the media has come into question after Khurshid Anwar, a social activist facing charges of rape took his own life in New Delhi, India. On Wednesday, Anwar allegedly jumped off his third floor terrace following accusations that he had sedated and sexually assaulted a woman he had worked with on the night of September 12.

According to reports, Anwar left a suicide note allegedly blaming news organisations in contributing to his demise. While some are sceptical of his innocence, many have come to his defence and have accused traditional and social media of defaming Anwar before receiving his due process. Anwar’s supporters have now begun their online campaign using #Justice4KhurshidAnwar and #StopMediaTrials to demand a proper investigation into the matter: