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Justice for Jessica

Title: Justice for Jessica: A Human Rights Case Study on Media Influence, Rule of Law, and Civic Action in India.
Name(s): Alvarez, Lisette, author
Program in International Affairs
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact and implications of various aspects of the Jessica Lal murder trial, understanding that many factors of Indian society contributed to both the murder and the outcome. This paper will focus on a number of specific aspects of the trial and assess their significance for human rights issues: journalism in India, social media and public participation in civic action, Indian film and its direct influence on the trial, structural issues in the police and judicial system, purpose and actions of local and international human rights organizations, and the ongoing 2011 anti-corruption movement in India. However, in order to properly contextualize the Jessica Lal case and its components within modern Indian society, it is necessary to identify a number of other criminal cases that are similar in relation to social issues. As a human rights study of a political and social phenomenon, this paper will attempt to answer certain questions: In what way does the modern use of technology and social media impact journalism and social activism? Is there a culture of violence against women in India, and if so, why, and how is it viewed in India? What successes and problems have Indian society encountered in terms of minimizing corruption in the police and judicial system? The paper will examine as well as look for the different answers to these questions in a format that engages many contributing factors that aid in the explanation, reasoning, and definition of human rights issues in India.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0049 (IID)
Keywords: Jessica Lal, India, Human Rights
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of International Affairs in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: December 6, 2011.
Subject(s): International relations
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Alvarez, L. (2011). Justice for Jessica: A Human Rights Case Study on Media Influence, Rule of Law, and Civic Action in India. Retrieved from