Here’s a Journey through Indian Cinema’s Rape Culture
Short clothes, out at night, relationships…the ‘Indian rape myths’ have many reasons to justify rape. We have always seen how the blame of this sexual violence is shifted from the perpetrators to victims. Apart from rarely getting justice, the victims are forced to live a life in shame and humiliation.
And also, misplacing the board for ‘therapist’ as ‘the-rapist’ for Ranjeet in the film Housefull 2 was also some kind of humor we should not be ok with. Oh well, not just for lame humor, but rapes can be used even to get over your enemy!
If you have seen Malayalam film Mr.Marumakan you will understand what I am trying to say. I’ll just sum it up for you- the villain hires a man to get the hero’s sister raped and our valiant hero gets the villain’s sister gets raped instead, thus taking his revenge.
Malayalam film Queen was undoubtedly one such film. It spoke against all the stereotypes on rape and also hinted at the unpopular victim-blaming that pulls down the morale of every victim.
Veera’s monologue in Highway where she breaks down describing how her uncle raped her as a kid and how her mother asked her to keep mum about the rape is a reflection of how many Indian families perceive this sexual harm.
The embarrassment caused to the family is the exact reason why people are still reluctant to file a rape case. The recently released Malayalam film Stand-up throws light in this perception.
Around 25,000 rape cases are registered in India annually. And the ones that are not filed, around 11,000. Yesterday it was Nirbhaya, today it is Asifa, the list only gets longer. We hope that this verdict ensures justice for many women and families out there.