Delhi gangrape: Outraged parents of rape victim decry fashion shoot; want photog punished

Aug 08 2014, 15:00 IST
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SummaryAn Indian fashion shoot depicting a girl being sexually assaulted on a Delhi bus has stirred memories of the fatal gangrape...

An Indian fashion shoot depicting a girl being sexually assaulted on a Delhi bus has stirred memories of the fatal gangrape in 2012, outraging the victim's parents and activists who have demanded action against the photographer.

The December 2012 attack on the woman on the bus created upheaval in India, triggering days of protests over pervasive violence against women and raising questions about the place of women in the world's largest democracy.

The woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapist, was lured onto an unlicensed bus in New Delhi and repeatedly raped and tortured by five men and a teenager. She later died of her injuries.

Of the six accused of her rape and murder, one committed suicide in jail and four were sentenced to death. The teenager was remanded in a juvenile reform centre.

The pictures for the fashion spread were taken by Mumbai photographer Raj Shetye and posted this week on the photography site Behance.

The series of pictures, called "The Wrong Turn", showed a young woman in different outfits, fending off a group of young men on a bus. The pictures have been removed from the site.

The mother of the women killed in 2012 told Reuters Television the photographer was mocking her daughter and trying to hurt her parents.

"It has once again brought us face-to-face with the incident and he has done it for his own publicity and to make money," the mother said. "He has tried to hurt the sentiments of parents and has mocked a girl's struggle. He has no right to play with anyone's sentiments."

The woman's father said he would appeal to the courts to take action against Shetye.

"They should be ashamed of it. What is he trying to show to the juveniles and youths of the nation? He should be punished. I will appeal the Supreme Court to punish him and the photo shoot should be banned," he said.

Under Indian law, the name of the victim or her relatives cannot to be published.

ART OR CHEAP PUBLICITY?

Shetye was quoted on Buzzfeed news site as saying he was merely trying to depict the plight of Indian women and denied attempting to depict the exact scene of the Delhi gang rape.

"But being a part of society and being a photographer, that topic moves me from inside," he was quoted as saying. "I stay in a society where my mother, my girlfriend, my sister are out there and something like this can happen to them

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