Girliyapa, the women’s wing of popular YouTube channel, The Viral Fever (TVF), has uploaded a new satirical video that takes on the way we handle problems faced by women in our families.
The satire, titled How I Raped Your Mother, is a cynical re-imagining of marital rape as a sitcom. A depiction of the manner in which the typical Indian looks at abuse within the family, it speaks on how nobody even acknowledges what the young victim is going through.
Instead, all the relatives clamber over each other to list out how the victim could come around to ‘adjusting’ to the situation. So the protagonist sticks it out till the end, and everybody comes around to seeing her point of view – right? Wrong.
This video is more real life than reel. Here, the woman gives in, agrees to adjust, and everybody but her lives happily ever after.
But there’s a purpose to the depressing ending, scriptwriter Ratnabali Bhattacharjee tells Hindustan Times. She wants to shock people – especially women – into standing up for themselves, not merely debate issues. “I don’t know much about laws. We are just ordinary citizens. We must change the way we treat women, the way women treat themselves. We need to stop sweeping the issue under the carpet and face it head on,” she says.
Director of the video, Prem Mistry, says, “The small girl represents the voice of the people. Only she is miffed at the situation. She mirrors viewers’ reaction. In the end, she is forced to be a part of the family selife, just like the viewer, uncomfortable.”
“The video tries to create awareness that this is wrong. We are not trying to preach. Our only intention is to break stereotypes. The number of hits the video gets is immaterial if it does not make people sensitive towards marital rape,” Mistry adds.
Channel head Tracy D’Souza, for her part, says she wants people to watch the video and “react to it the right way”. “Let’s ask ourselves – who do we really relate to the most in the video? Should the protagonist have given in to the pressure? It’s time for women to speak up!”
Watch the video here
Girliyapa claims to “create progressive content not only for women but also about women and the issues they battle and are confronted with in their daily lives”.
The video has garnered about 2.5 lakh views on YouTube in a little over one day. Share your views on the video in the comment box below.
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