The Cowardice of Rape
With the death of Damini, protesters have flooded the streets, demanding stronger actions against rapists and stronger punishment, such as execution. No one could deny that these rapists and any other rapists should be punished severely and these rapists should be made as the icon of punishment in the case of rape but there is little talk on why these men are committing such atrocities. These men were born just like us, from the womb of a mother and that mother must have told told them about the pain that they had to suffer for their existence. Did these animals forget their mother when they were raping her and any other women or did they transform?
In the Indian films, such transformations are common. Most movies follow the common storyline of an innocent young boy loves a girl but there are people who are trying to separate these two. That innocent boy turns into this romantic hero who knows all about love and would give up his life for her. Then he transforms again into an action hero who saves the girl from the gang and takes her back home and the story ends in a "happily ever after." However, during the time while this hero has a conflict with the gang, the heroine is sometimes raped. Mostly, movies from the 1980s and 1990s and some really popular, cult films includes scenes of rape but in those rapes, the hero comes just in time to save the girl.
Basudev Mahapatra from hotnhitNEWS mentions an event in his introduction of his article where two children were fighting in the tones of two famous Bollywood superstars. Many would claim that this is nothing out of the blue because the target of movies are for the audience to escape from reality. What the audience does not understand is that the friend who was with Damini was not Salman Khan or Ajay Devgan and he couldn't fight 4-5 men at once. In fact, maybe he couldn't find even a single on without a few bruises. But neither Salman Khan's Dabangg or Ajay Devgan's Singham were there and there were no one to save her.Continued on the next page