‘Rape’ has become one of the synonyms for India. Yes that is sad, but we have no right to get offended over it, because that is exactly the reality, rather than comparing the percentage our country’s rape incidents to other countries, we should try to rub off this dark stigma from our motherland’s chest. Whether it be rape of a woman or a man, in any case the victim has to bear up with all sorts of negative consequences in future or may be a life time. And this needs to be fixed!!
Ganesh Toasty a Chennai based photographer, recently came up with a 23 sets of photo series, which highlighted very grave issues of our Indian society, such as rape and thereafter victim blaming. This photo series depict a woman named Tanirika, who has almost survived a rape attempt, at the hand of a bunch of local men. We also see one of those men in the bunch, trying to stop his mates for not carrying out the evil deed. The story ends with the most common situation, ‘Victim Blaming’, where Tanirika is entitled to be at fault.
Here are the 23 striking photo series, with a powerful story. Have a look!!
Ganesh Toasty uploaded these 23 photo series, through this Facebook Post, and captioned the same stating:
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Inspiration and Aim for the Shoot
Over the last few years, rape and its prevention have become an important topic of discussion in Indian, and even global, society. Higher authorities are often found blaming the victim’s habits, clothing, and social behavior. A lot of artists, writers, musicians and photographers have based their work on themes of anti-rape and consent. With respect to photography, a few shoots have been done, but some of these shoots have been regarded on a different style
This shoot aims to bring out a reality that exists, but a lot of people are choosing to ignore: rape can happen to anybody, and can be committed by anybody. The decision to rape is usually not premeditated or committed by individuals with a criminal past; it is a spur-of-the-moment act that may not have existed in the mind of the perpetrator before it at all. A lot of the time, in Indian society, victims are afraid to report rapes due to the social embarrassment that would follow. There are numerous instances in which the act would be filmed by the perpetrator. Furthermore, this shoot aims to show that a dressing sense or habits have nothing to do with the act of rape. Rape happens irrespective.