C.A. Pramod Babu won an award for his documentary ‘Krishnapriya Oru Ormakurrippu’

C. A. Pramod Babu’s maiden documentary ‘Krishnapriya Oru Ormakurrippu’ won the award for best T. V. documentary (south region) of the UNFPA – Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity.

The Laadli media awards, instituted by Mumbai-based non-governmental organisation Population First, which works on health, population and women’s issues, seeks to acknowledge the positive portrayal of the girl child in advertising/television and print media. ‘Krishnapriya Oru Ormakkurippu’ tells the tale of 10-year-old Krishnapriya who was raped and killed by her father’s friend almost a decade ago. Krishnapriya’s father killed her rapist who had got out from police custody.

The magistrate court sentenced Krishnapriya’s father to life imprisonment, but he was acquitted by the High Court after human rights organisations and NGOs picked up his cause.

For this senior reporter with Surya TV, it was not the newsworthiness of the rape and murder that got his attention.

Journalist and father

“What happened haunted me for a long time,” says Pramod.

The point where the two roles of the journalist and of the father of two young girls met. Pramod plans to continue working on issue-based journalism, “the kind that will make a difference to the lives of people.”