A million status messages supporting the BBC documentary film. Thousands of anti-government slogans for banning the BBC documentary film. Another million status messages against the German professor who created a perception after seeing the very same documentary film we fought for.
What do we really want? It seems like we just love being part of a “trash everything” movement. Let’t admit it. We love the attention. We love the controversy more.
“India’s daughter”, the BBC documentary film, as I see it was made for foreigners. If I wasn’t from here and I learnt that a women was raped every 20 minutes through the film, I would have been a little scared of Indian men, you know?
This is what I took away from the film:
1. The rapist defended and justified his actions.(especially when the case is still pending in the Supreme Court). Wow. So unnatural.
2. The lawyer appointed to defend the rapist must support him(His fundamental duty) and he did. He may have said something unacceptable but no matter what he said, it wouldn’t have been accepted easily. Again, nothing eye opening.
3. The rapist’s family continues to love and support him. “Family is family” is a phrase gone down generations for a reason.
4. The victim’s family and most of India continue to fight for and want her justice. She reinstalled hope in our lives. That was clear two years ago from the protests. Again, no different.
The documentary tells us nothing new. They have successfully created a division in society, creating a platform for people to either support the victim or the rapist and giving a chance for Barkha Dutt and Arnab Goswami to increase their TRPs by starting a “debate”.
Who gives a damn about people’s opinions at this point. We’re way past that. We should be by now. We should be focussing on the law. Its enforcement. Safety measures. Not some jackass ranting on a mike until a Kit Kat advertisement pops before more juicy content unravels.
If we support the documentary so much, I just think we should also be tolerating of what people take away from it. We can’t have the cake and eat it, remember?
The question is are we just going to continue “trashing everything” or is it time we start looking at the bigger picture: The solution. Not rewinding only the problem over and over again. We don’t live in North Korea. Living here is not by force but by choice. And as long as we choose to be a part of this home .. Let’s not constantly treat her as a “punching bag” inviting the rest the world to participate in our boxing championship.