On June 17, a teenager in Goregaon murdered a young boy from next door. In panic, he stuffed the body in his cupboard. Two days later, his father smelled the stench and opened the cupboard. Then he reported his son to the police, who took him into custody.
A terrible tragedy. Various papers reported it (Indian Express, DNA). Nearly all reports I saw mention that the teenager was an adopted son. (In fact, as you can see the Express report says that a police officer mentioned this while speaking to the press).
A few days ago, a man raped a woman on the rocks beyond Priyadarshini Park on Nepean Sea Road. She was a vendor of the lime and chilli charms people believe drive away evil spirits.
Another terrible tragedy. The Hindustan Times reported it on their front page today (July 10). The report tells us "the woman belongs to the Pardhi community".
What makes these little nuggets worth mentioning in news reports? After all, you're unlikely to read of some other rape that the woman was a Bania, or a Thevar, or a Sunni. You're even more unlikely to read of some other murderer that he was a biological son. So why is it acceptable in these cases?