Over 50 Women Journalists Support Reporter Behind Tamil Nadu Sand Mafia Exposé

Sandhya Ravishankar. Courtesy: Facebook/Sandhya Ravishankar

Sandhya Ravishankar. Courtesy: Facebook/Sandhya Ravishankar

New Delhi: More than 50 women journalists have written a letter to the Tamil Nadu government in support of Chennai-based journalist Sandhya Ravishankar, who has been receiving threats and abusive messages ever since she published a four-part exposé on the sand mafia in The Wire.

In the letter submitted through the Tamil Nadu principal resident commissioner, the journalists have asked chief minister E.K. Palaniswamy to intervene in the matter and ensure Ravishankar’s safety in practicing her profession, in addition to making sure that those guilty of threatening and trying to intimidate her are brought to justice.

“We the undersigned women journalists, would like to bring to your kind notice the threats and sustained harassment faced by Ms Sandhya Ravishankar, a Chennai based journalist. It is a matter of grave concern that Ms Ravishankar has been targeted with threats to her person following her investigative stories,” the letter says. “We request you to kindly intervene in this matter and ensure that Ms Ravishankar is allowed to pursue her vocation without any intimidation of any kind. We also urge your good office to identify and take strict action against those who are threatening her.”

Signatories to the letter include T.K. Rajalakshmi of Frontline, Amiti Sen of Business Line, Santwana Bhattachaya of the New Indian Express and Shobhna Jain of VNI News.

President of the Delhi-based Indian Women’s Press Corps Sushma Ramachandran told The Wire that the organisation has written a letter to Ravishankar expressing their support. They are also planning to write a letter to the Tamil Nadu chief minister very soon, asking that the threats against Ravishankar be taken very seriously and she be offered protection.

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