and frustration hang on their hands even as they watch skimpily-clad beautiful heroines ready for a collective session with the boys surrounding her. Of course, at the deep-rooted nadir of rape-reason is our cultural disrespect for women. It starts from favouring boys over girls at home. Boys in every strata of society grow up believing it’s their birthright to get what they want. They’ve observed that having power over others means nobody can touch them even if they’ve done something illegal. Rapists emerge when sudden opportunity makes them try to fructify power over others and win their birthright. We call it gangrape, but as boys, they just want to exactly become that Bollywood dancer’s pet.
It’s true the media is more prolific nowadays than earlier. They have seriously brought this subject of increasing rape and horrific gangrape to public attention. When you are educated, you take repetitive item numbers as pastime or entertainment, and then forget about it. Such heady stuff is made to attract the masses to jangle box-office collections. For them, melodious, gyrating girls are willingness personified because they are exhibiting their sexuality among a gaggle of men. They appear to be driving men as a group, the way they want to.
In conversation with young, educated, professional women, I discovered they’d never go for such films alone, and consider twice before wearing certain clothes. For an evening or night show, they ensure a male friend accompanies them. Rather than risk being the victim of gangrape, these young girls living away from home go with a gang of friends. If this is the city dweller’s plight, can you imagine the vulnerable situation for women in smaller towns or among uneducated people?
Shombit Sengupta is an international consultant to top management on differentiating business strategy with execution excellence