‘Journalism is a profession in which you get associated with the common man and with those in the administration. That is why I wanted to be a crime reporter.’ Crime reporter for the last 2 years with popular Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Lucky Jain feels that with alertness and solid information, one can easily cover stories on crime.
Question: Why did you choose to become a crime reporter in particular?
Answer: Since I was a child, I noticed that it is the powerful who are known. I also felt that the reason for discrimination between men and women was also power. As a result, I decided to become a journalist and take up the most challenging beat.
Question: How did you develop your sources?
Answer: First, I made it a point to visit every single police station in the area I was to get news from. Then I started making contacts with those in the local administration. The most important thing, however, is to win the confidence of the people who live in one’s area. Most stories come from the people. Police personnel and those in the administration can only confirm news stories for you. Also, for people to take you seriously, it is very important to have a high level of information. I have translated the entire Indian Penal Code (IPC) into Hindi and I keep it on my computer. By now, I remember most of the Codes.
Question: Did you always cover only crime-related issues?
Answer: No. Before I joined Dainik Bhaskar, I was working with another daily. I was a trainee journalist there. I wanted to start covering crime stories there itself but I was told that girls shouldn’t be reporting on crime but on lighter issues.
Question: Are there any particular stories you got recognition for covering?
Answer: In 2009 I did a story on acid attacks on girls. I wrote about this issue regularly and spoke to the administration as well. The case that I was covering was suppressed but in Delhi when the gang rape happened in December 2012, I took advantage of the atmosphere and brought the issue to light again and was able to press for a renewed inquiry.
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