Video Asks Indian Women To Speak Out Against Sexual Abuse

“The more you talk, the less it will happen” says powerful short film 'Bol'

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A recent video by a 28-year-old Mumbai-based filmmaker Pooja Batura Pathak, aptly titled Bol or “speak up” urges Indian women to break their silence and stop the cycle of sexual violence against them. The 12-minute-long video captures the stages of sexual abuse an Indian woman goes through during her lifetime — from child abuse to work place harassment to marital rape — in a neat string of strong visuals. As the text with the video says, “The more you talk, the less it will happen.”

In India, a woman is sexually assaulted every three minutes and raped every 20 minutes. However, many Indian women are afraid  to speak up, fearing the backlash of a patriarchal society.

10 comments
nadeem7379
nadeem7379

gr8 effort.. nice and touchy movie.. it sends a shivering  msg to our respected SOCIETY...

Dcanter
Dcanter

Wow, this is really moving.  It's not just India, it's all over the world.  Much of it comes down to the male dominance practiced in most religions, the teaching that women are secondary.


MaryThomas1
MaryThomas1

Before I traveled the world I thought it is only in India but I think it has different manifestations but is everywhere.... domestic violence is prevalent in all parts of the world! STOP TARGETING ALL THE WONDERFUL WORD MEDIA DOES IN INDIA TO SHOW HOW HIGH AND MIGHTY THE WEST IS... GET OFF YOUR COLONIAL HORSES TIME! DO YOU EVEN REPORT ALL THE CRIMES THAT ARE COMMITTED IN YOUR COUNTRY? Where the media is response, there is hope; where the media is not responsive, there is no hope!

Drjohnson
Drjohnson

I am  an Indian and I HATE india. Rape every 20 mins. World should shun India

BobbiePahl
BobbiePahl

As a woman ... I so deeply feel this … As a child … Not in India .… In Canada I know that squirm to try to escape ... the despair of abuse ... this is a world pandemic ....

TouchedByGrace
TouchedByGrace

As an Indian man...this video is very disturbing to watch!! I can't begin to imagine what those poor helpless girls and women who've gone through (& continue to go through) the terrible physical, psychological, abuse. If that is not enough, they are subjected to familial and societal ostracising for the "apparent shame they've brought upon them". I hope more victims come out and speak of their ordeal and bring light to this crippling issue. And society and families in general have to change their deviated mindset and rightly punish the perpetrator of this gruesom crime (rape and other forms of abuse), and not the victim. Pleas.

RogueHedonist
RogueHedonist

As an Indian I'm devastated, feeling numb after watching this eye opener. As a man I never knew that women have to go through this hell on an everyday basis. I must point out all Indian men are not (monsters) like this and that we do respect, love and care for the women in our lives and women in general. I dream of a safer future for women in this diverse land.

kbihani7
kbihani7

And people ask me why I loathe my own country... My verbiage is not articulate enough to even begin to explain why.. 

ManojVithange
ManojVithange

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ashablue78
ashablue78

@kbihani7 hating your own country is not a solution to the problem. Besides, its not just India that has these problems, all countries, all people have monsters to face. Hate never solves anything.