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TV channel stung by own sting on sex racket

Sep 07, 2007 08:04 AM IST India India

New Delhi: It's a sting gone bust. A week after a local news channel aired a sting operation that claimed to have busted a sex racket operating in Delhi, the police on Thursday night said the exercise was fabricated and arrested the woman who posed as the victim. In the sting conducted by local news channel Live India on a government school teacher last week, Rashmi Singh had posed as a schoolgirl alleging Uma Khurana – the teacher at the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya – pushed her and other girls into prostitution. "We have arrested the girl, who posed as student of the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya at Asaf Ali Road in central Delhi as part of the sting operation carried by private TV channel Live India," Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat was quoted as saying by IANS. Rashmi has been charged with cheating, fabricating evidence and conspiracy. Uma Khurana, a mathematics teacher of the school, was arrested last week after the channel telecast the sting operation purportedly showing that she was running a syndicate of making pornographic films, featuring her present and former girl students. Khurana was attacked by a mob, sacked from her job by the education department, and then arrested. There have been widespread reaction on sting operations. “There needs to be detailed discussion on what sort of regulation can be imposed on sting operations or whether a regulation should be avoided," said BJP leader Sushma Swaraj. Rajya Sabha MP and Editor-in-Chief of The Pioneer Chandan Mitra says,”This is what gives sting operations a bad name. Stings have done so much good by exposing corruption but incidents like these will only give a handle to those looking to put more regulation in place for the media.” (with agency inputs)