Rape in cinema, in any language, in any patriarchal culture, has certain specific functions. One of these is to arouse the male in the audience sexually. Another one is to use, to a certain extent, the opportunity of explicit representations of the female anatomy in a physically violent act that has been forced on that very body. The fragmentation and fabrication of the female body, the play of skin and make-up, nudity and dress, the constant recombination of organs as equivalent terms of a combinatory are but the repetition, inside the erotic scene, of the operations and techniques of the apparatus. The camera offers infinite possibilities of capturing the female anatomy and the female persona in certain fixed ways. In varied degrees of undress for example. Or, being raped with hands and feet tied to the posts of a four-poster bed which suddenly appears in the midst of an urban, sophisticated and sleekly decorated modern apartment. Sometimes, the victim remains static but the camera is almost violently mobile, magnifying the tragedy of the victim by intruding into her moments of private pain. Often, one can see clothes and underclothes strewn around in the act of being torn off the victim's body; a blouse being ripped off against an appropriate soundtrack, exposing a bra; the woman being dragged across the floor by her hair, and such other Western and Oriental visual variants.
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The New Delhi city government has banned taxi-booking service Uber after a woman was allegedly raped by one of its drivers. City officials said Monday the Uber taxi services will no longer be able to operate in the Indian Capital. The suspect, year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, appeared in a New Delhi court on Monday and was remanded in custody for three days. Yadav was charged with raping a finance company employee Friday night. The woman alleges Yadav took her to a secluded area and raped her after she fell asleep in the car. Police said Yadav was arrested on charges of raping a woman three years ago but was later acquitted. Police said they also were considering legal action against the taxi service for failing to run background checks on the driver.
Damini The critically acclaimed Damini has been touted as one of the most realistic woman-centric films in Bollywood. And Bollywood has definitely attempted many. Sunny Deol went on to win a National Award for playing the brooding lawyer who assists Damini Meenakshi Sheshadri in restoring justice. However, justice is a bit flawed, my lord. Damini's husband Shekhar Gupta Rishi Kapoor is a romantic hero. The sort that falls in love at first sight and marries the 'object' of his affection. But unfortunately for him this film doesn't stop there. It goes on to tell the story of how a rich family like the Guptas breed absolute brutes. Damini witnesses the rape of their domestic help at the hands of her husband's brother. While for the most part of the film Gupta's character stays in the background, in what appears to be an epiphany he rediscovers his love for his wife in the final minutes of the film owing to a speech by Sunny Deol.
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