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article imageViral video tackles culture of blaming rape victims in India

By Michael Krebs     Sep 22, 2013 in World
In a viral video tackling the disturbing rape and domestic violence behaviors in India, All India Bakchod provides clarity on the issue - cheerily blaming the victim.
In a recent Op-Ed published by CNN, Ruchira Gupta, president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an Indian organization dedicated to ending sex trafficking, outlined incidents of stigmatization and outright humiliation among women reporting incidents of rape and sexual assault.
With known rape cases having increased 873 percent since 1953, according to the nation's National Crime Records Bureau, it is clear that sexual crimes against Indian women have become widespread.
In response to what is widely seen as a tendency to blame the victim, All India Backhod, a popular comedic podcast team, has released a viral video to help address the matter, the Times of India reported on Saturday.
Against the backdrop of happy music a smiling female narrator explains that men are not responsible for rape and that the entirety of their sexual crimes are the fault of women.
"Ladies: Do you think rape is something men do out of a desire for control, empowered by years of patriarchy" the woman begins. "You've clearly been misled by the notion that women are people too."
A variety of reasons behind the female fault in rape cases are cited, including clothing selection, chowmein, Bollywood, and mobile phones.
The video also addresses domestic sexual violence against women.
"Fun fact," the narrator says while her lipstick is being smeared by a man's hand. "If he's your husband, it's not rape."
The video has been viewed widely, with many women across India tweeting in response: "It's my fault."
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