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Article 15 (Movie) - The Truth of Modern India's Caste Oppression!

Article 15 Bollywood Film


In 2014, in Budaun, a village in Uttar Pradesh, two 15-year-old Dalit girls went to the fields one fine evening and didn't return. They were later found hanging from a tree. Gang rape accusations were waived off and all the suspects were released. The 2019 Bollywood film Article 15, directed by Anubhav Sinha,  is based on the same incident. But guess what, this movie is relevant even today and if the situation continues to remain the same, it will remain relevant in the coming years too.

The Hathras gang rape is not only a brutal sexual assault but an insight into our country's truth of elitist indignation and the still prevailing horrors of caste oppression. The victim Manisha Valmiki was denied treatment because of her caste, she didn't even receive a proper funeral because she belonged to the Dalit community. Her existence is being wiped off because she belongs to the Dalit community.

The oppression of the Dalit community is not just our country’s history, it is our present too.

Sayani Gupta Article 15

In Article 15, Gaura (played by Sayani Gupta) briefs to inspector Ranjan (played by Ayushman Khuranna) on a disagreement her missing sisters had with their upper caste employer. The girls demanded to be paid a sum of Rs.3 more for the work they do. It wasn’t the request that aroused their employer but the fact that they dared to ask a raise is what triggered his superior indignation. They were abducted and raped for daring to speak up and demand what is right for them.

The cops in the movie Article 15 are shown helpless due to political propaganda yet dictated by caste supremacy. A Dalit death or rape does not account as something serious for them.

Also, the Dalit vote bank politics is an eye-opener in this film. The political leaders come to dine with Dalits to show their solidarity for the community. But when Gaura shares to Ranjan on how they brought their own plates to eat from is when we are shown the ugly truth of vote bank.

Just like patriarchy, caste-discrimination is also an evil societal force that snatches the very freedom of life.

Article 15 of the Indian Constitution prohibits discrimination on the grounds of caste, gender, religion, and race. But gruesome events like the Hathras gang rape make us think of the extension of implementation of this fundamental rule.

We speak of development and progress but where are we actually if caste-based violence is still our ugly truth!

While we still debate on whether the caste reservation is a good practice for modern India, we fail to acknowledge many like the Hathras victim and her family who have to live in fear and submission every day.  Their desire to live free is stomped upon by the caste supremacy of our country.

'They can't even see us. Sometimes we are Harijans and sometimes Bahujan, but never Jan(general public). We have had enough begging for justice '; Zeeshan Ayyub who plays Nishaad in Article 15 speaks here for every Dalit person in our country.

Watch Article 15 on Netflix

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