Portrayals of rape

Print edition : January 25, 2013

Indian mainstream cinema is replete with violence against women, and rape is routinely used as a device of both suspense and erotic titillation, as yet another component that engages rather than enrages. The brinkmanship of film-makers in dodging the censor and having their salacious say by sexual innuendo in songs and 'item numbers' is staggering. Photo: M. MURALI

The runaway success of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' suggests a new, guiltless leveraging of sexuality. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

A demonstration demanding justice for the rape victims, in Guwahati on January 3. Photo: PTI

The commodification of the female body, it seems, is countered by its self-fetishisation. File picture of an ad. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

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