India is the country where the rape cases are increasing rapidly day by day. The sexual assault or harassment has embedded its roots in the regions and the veins of the people of India. India who is successful economically as well as financially, even in every aspect of life but probably failed to provide safety to the daughters of India. Rape is the only crime which is done by the dominant person of the society against women and it is also considered as a very common crime in India which has increased its rates every year. National Crime Records Bureau has issued its report in which the experts have mentioned that the rates of rape cases in India are growing gradually and almost 24,923 rape cases were reported in 2012. According to a careful survey, it is approved that besides the reported cases of rape in India there are also many rape cases that are being done without reporting them to any Bureau.
Rape is a common issue, not only in India rather also in the other advanced countries. Rape as a crime is being done in every 22 minutes and it is considered as the fourth biggest crime in India. It is most like contradiction as most of the Indians (almost 80%) belong to the Hinduism and they worship their female goddesses including Kali Matta, Durga Maa, Saraswati, Lakshami, Ganga Mayya and other spiritual deities then why they target their daughters or other females. Is it due to illiteracy, idleness or poverty? Deepanjana Pal, a senior editor has stated, “Rape is not about sex. It’s about power and notions of masculinity. It’s a performance that establishes in the rapist’s mind his supremacy.”
India has many facets to elaborate their cultures as well as traditions either they depict through movies, artistic work or other genres. Bollywood film industry is not only the biggest industry in Mumbai but also in all over the world. The Indian movies contain different aspects like plots, themes, movies songs, dance, violence, love, actions, fighting and other ingredients along with happy or sad endings. Most of the bollywood films are based on the story in which the male shows him as a dominant figure of the society and can rule over the females through power or violence. These movies probably not condoning or adoring the rape issues rather they just condone the traditions and values that allow the person to rape a girl.
In Indian movies there are also many scenes in which females wear too short dresses to disclose in front of the audience. In this way they depict the inner feelings of love as well as hyper-sexual interests. The movies and bollywood songs video have contained the complete exposure of sex objects. There are also some movies in which female protagonists have performed the strong characters and the names of the movies are Queen, Kahaani, Ramleela, English Vinglish, Dor, Black and many other movies. The songs of the movies and dance have accomplished with the girls to whom the audience is called as item girls. The filmmakers should also familiarize with the fact that such songs can influence the minds of the semi-psycho patients as well as the other normal persons.
The Indian movie shows the rapist as a scum of the earth but this does not work in our real life. The rape rates are increasing in numbers gradually. Recently, an Indian girl has committed suicide after the pressure of the police who focused her on to drop her case and marry the man, one of his rapists.
There is an another incident of a young girl who has raped in the moving bus in the streets of New Delhi at night. She was a medical student and she died a fortnight after having the agony of this cruel and brutal gang rape. The six men are involved in this rape case. The people of Delhi stepped out from their houses and mourn over her death. On that occasion, the police had announced that all of the criminals are arrested. This rape case has also clued that the rapists were on their severe condition. They have illogical arguments with themselves that all the girls should be raped who come out of their homes at night. One of the gang rapists has argued that,
“A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night. A boy and a girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing things, wearing wrong clothes.” He insisted, “About 20 percent girls are good.”
He further added,
“When she was being raped, she shouldn’t have fought back. She should have remained silent and allowed the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy (her friend). The death penalty for a rapist will make things even more dangerous for girls. Earlier, they would rape and say, ‘leave her, she won’t tell anyone.’ now when they rape, especially the criminals types, they will just kill the girl. Death.”
To conclude, it would not be accurate to argue that all these rape cases are due to Bollywood films. As we know that all the movies have not contained violated materials that can influence the mind of the audiences. The film producers as well as directors should keep the things in their minds that such kind of themes or plots should be eliminated from the film that influence the human minds badly.