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‘Many Indian men share Mukesh’s views’

Ram Devineni, an Indo-American filmmaker, says the derogatory remarks made by a Delhi gang-rape convict about women are not surprising as he has met many Indian men with the same opinion.

Mukesh Singh, who was interviewed by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin in her documentary India’s Daughter that chronicles the nerve-wrecking December 16 Delhi gang-rape case, said a woman is more responsible for rape than a man.

Devineni is behind creating Priya’s Shakti, a free-to-download comic book that tells the story of an Indian gang-rape victim-turned-superhero and during the process of making he met many guys in Delhi, reported NBC News.

“Priya is influenced by Nirbhaya. She is the reason why I wrote this comic book,” he said.
The Priya’s Shakti team has released a footage from their man-on-street interviews with young men in Delhi as well as a gang rape survivor, to NBC News.

“The reason I created the videos is to put a real face and voices to the comic book and Priya. Comic books have a tendency to remove the reader from reality, but by adding the videos into the comic book I was able to show that there is a real human face and story behind the characters,” explained Devineni.

In this first video, the team speaks to young working class men between the ages of 21-25 at a street market in South Delhi. One of the men says he thinks rape is 50 per cent the man’s fault and 50 per cent the woman’s fault. A few others say provocative clothing invites rape and harassment.
“I never got the impression that they were violent or would misbehave in anyway,” said Devineni. 


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