“Tacky”; “Uncouth”; “Sloth”; “Patriarchy”; “Rape Culture”, “Gender Violence”, or just say “INDIA”. Some things just aren’t glamorous, no matter the lighting. Some things are just unspeakably horrible. Gang rape is one of those things. So when Mumbai wannabe fashion photographer, “Raj Shetye” posted a series of photos from a ‘fashion shoot’ that evoked a brutal 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi, the reaction was exactly what you’d expect—outrage. The series of photos called “The Wrong Turn,” shot on a bus, depicts a woman being harassed and assaulted—with gauzy lighting and designer clothes.
“A group of men raped and murdered a woman. Now its a Mumbai performance for the male gaze. ‘Cleaning up’ rapists to make them glamorous fashionistas changes the focus from their crime to their clothing and good looks.” JR Thorpe
The patriarchy of India has run amok.
In India, the problem of rape is exacerbated by officials & cops who rape and by corrupt government and politicians who don’t have a clue about what the life of an ordinary citizen is all about and don’t care.
Instead of being helpful with good public policy, India’s patriarchal government system turns the problem into some debacle about themselves and not about victims and survivors of rape.
In the latest spate of navel-gazing a kangaroo-court-style Indian investigation into a rape says the minor victims’ name being released in a report of former home minister Sushilkumar Shinde is not “unlawful”.
RINJ Foundation Calls on United Nations for intervention.