Is Bhutan increasingly becoming violent? Or is our media coverage broadening? These are rational questions. Why because when the media is flooded with news of crimes, it gives observers an impression that the place we live in is unsafe. An outsider has reasons to doubt.
Just the other day, BBS boldly broadcast news about a man who committed suicide in Pemagatshel. In fact this is not the first time we had to listen to such news. And somewhere someone dies after a snake bites her; somewhere a girl is being gang-raped, somewhere a teenager dumps her baby in a dustbin and somewhere a chorten is vandalized. And somewhere a man kills his brother-in-law.
Wow! That’s too much for a small country like ours. I understand as the society grows more complex, bad people are bound to come by. And when such information is thrown at us at an increasing frequency, it gives us an impression of living atop a disturbed sea. If what media feed us is of any significance, then we have reasons to be alarmed, reasons to doubt our safety because we never know if we could be the next victim.
Our forefathers lived longer and healthier lives than we do today although we live in much more advanced society with recent medicines and better methods of treating the ailed. But if we ask ourselves again, how do we know that our forefathers actually lived longer and healthier? Who knows, maybe they were never better, but there were no means of communicating the information. History is written much later for that matter.
So I question, has Bhutan grown any violent? Or are our media people keen on feeding us such news? Because if we observe closely, usually accidents, murder, rape, chorten desecration, etc. always compete for headlines on our national television channel.