On October 2, a phone call between India Today journalist and a family member of a Dalit woman who was allegedly gangraped and murdered in Hathras was leaked on social media. Right-wing propaganda website OpIndia, which flames communal division and spreads hate online, published a report based on the recording maligning Tanushree Pandey, the reporter. The phone recording — it's unclear where it came from — raised questions around government wire-tapping and surveillance of phone calls. In the audio clip, Pandey asks the brother of the deceased to send her a video statement of the woman’s father stating that he was being forced to go to the police station and sign a document saying that the family was “satisfied by the police probe” in the case. The Hathras alleged gangrape and murder is one of the most politically charged cases…
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