Following hundreds of tweets and wondering about rationale behind the hash-tag #DontRapeAgain, what I could see was a repro of the culture of shaming around rape. The same notion of 'honor and shame' attached to rape 'victims' seems to be regenerated in one or other form through such responses. Instead of viewing the documentary as part of a strong campaign against rape, violence against women and gender inequality, our government, judiciary and supporters of the ban has took the wildest imagination that the documentary is part of a global conspiracy to defame India and thereby silenced conversations that could take place on real concerns of the documentary.
The documentary may leave many of us disturbed and sickened with the comments made by the offender and lawyers. But haven't we heard the same from many around us. You may cut down my contention as a mere generalization and as a weak profiling of Indian society.
But isn't their statements more or less same from what we heard from our own politicians and 'god-men' ??
Doesn't it echo the common mindset shared that women are fragile and delicate and therefore to be protected?
How is it different from the everyday reality that majority of Indian women go through???
|A screen shot from 'India's Daughter'|