Used dark comedy against dark marital rape … women must protest indifferent govt – and paranoid men : TVF Girlyapa writer, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
Updated on: 24 May 2016
As India debates marital rape, online humour channel The Viral Fever's all-woman Girlyapa team has produced a video on the topic which has gone viral. Speaking with Srijana Mitra Das, TVF Girlyapa writer Ratnabali Bhattacharjee discussed tackling marital rape via black humour, the shrill cries of paranoid men – and why Indian women must not lie down and take it any longer:
A comedy video on marital rape – how come?
Well, it was inspired by Maneka Gandhi's statement in Parliament saying why this can't be made into a law – we found it strange as here's this lady who fights for so many causes, and yet, she says this.
So, what will help women, given the stance of the government that marital rape can't be made into a law considering Indian custom? I thought, whether this can or can't be made into a law needs to be debated a lot more.
The points Maneka Gandhi made can't just be dismissed either. Centuries-old ways can't be negated straightaway – but we have to start discussing this.
For that, why should we wait for a law? Laws alone don't change people's perception. Discussions and new understandings do.
This issue is about human understandings, old and new. Our video presents this. In fact, we show the girl giving in and saying, yes, i was wrong, i'm so sorry. We left it like that because we wanted people to say, what the hell? Why does she give up? This is a rubbish ending!