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Shocking: A Woman In Gurgaon Asked Men To Rape Girls Wearing Short Dresses

Shocking: A Woman In Gurgaon Asked Men To Rape Girls Wearing Short Dresses

In a country where women are constantly made to feel like the lesser, we expect other women who have been subjugated by the same patriarchy to at least understand our plight. It's not too much to expect, is it?


"You're recording no? Hello guys. These ladies want to wear short to short dresses to encourage all to see them. All these ladies wear short dresses or get naked to [get] raped." These are the words of a middle-aged lady who publicly shamed women for wearing short dresses at a restaurant in Gurgaon and even told them that they should be raped.


When it comes to sexual violence, women are often blamed for their behaviour that prompts someone else to assault them. This viral video brings the horrifying mentality around rape culture in India to the forefront. 



One of the girls being shamed, Shivani Gupta, shared the video on social media and narrated how the incident occurred. According to media sources, she said, "When we reached there, the lady asked me to 'come here', to which I went over to her. She then said 'sit down'. I then asked her what this was about, a little upset with her condescending tone. She said it was about my dress. She yelled saying 'Aren't you ashamed men are looking at your thighs?'"


Shivani even added that the woman said things like 'other women get raped because some women decide to wear clothes like that'. Furious, Shivani and her group of friends went to the restaurant manager and raised a complaint who requested them to have their food on the upper floor since the lady could not be asked to leave. 


However, this was not all. "This middle-aged woman you’ll see in the video addressed seven men at the restaurant to rape us because she felt we deserved it for wearing short clothes and bashing her unsolicited opinion. For speaking up against her primitive mindset," Shivani added in her post.


They then followed the lady to a shopping centre, imploring her to apologise for her statements, but to no avail. She went on about how she thinks they deserve to be raped for encouraging men. She even said that the parents of these girls should exercise more control over them.




 

 

 


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The video has since been shared and viewed numerous times and people are appalled at the behaviour of the woman. The regressive and misogynistic words are a mirror to how the society puts the spotlight on the survivor of a violent crime for doing, wearing or suggesting something to provoke the crime. Rape is not about clothes - long or short; it's about power. The lady in this video is herself a victim to internalised misogyny and inherent patriarchy. Her callousness while spitting out the insensitive, violent remarks is evidence enough that we need serious sensitisation about the rape culture, starting from the grass-root level. If only the guardians of our society would stop screaming at each other on TV screens and talk about things that really matter right now; if only the media would take two seconds before sensationalising a violent crime; if only we would teach our kids better at schools.


Amidst all this, the lady was cornered and body-shamed at the mall for moral policing the young ladies. However, it didn't stop there. People started sharing her Facebook profile and now she has become a target of vicious online harassment.



How does it solve anything? It doesn't. If we're fighting against harassment, then targeting her isn't an effective way of going about it. Sure, she needs to be chastised and educated, but we can't change her mindset by trolling her.


Disclaimer: This article is based on the report on social media. We're yet to hear from Shivani Gupta.


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