Every time Indrani Mukerjea appears in court as she faces trial for the murder of a daughter she gave birth to when she was 15, the cameras get a picture of her and it is always published. People can’t take their eyes off the greying, exposed roots of her hair. As the grey increases, we all wonder what we’d look like if we were locked up without tools to put our public face on. Indrani’s public face, when she was the owner of a TV channel, was so glamorous, so put together, that we can’t believe what just two years in prison has done to it. It’s as though Dorian Gray is looking in the mirror and everyone else can see it too. We stare. When Manjula Shetye, a woman prisoner lodged in a Mumbai prison died in custody, the headlines were all about Indrani. Instead of getting to the bottom of the autopsy report, which claims that a lathi was not inserted into Manjula’s private parts, we wondered whether Indrani Mukerjea is just using this death to get some prison benefits. Irresistible though Indrani’s story is, we have to look beyond at what Manjula Shetye’s death really tells […]