The gross mistreatment of women by a highly misogynistic and patriarchal society was what fuelled anger on social media this week. Women and their allies came out in support of actor Rhea Chakraborty after she was arrested this week without hardcore evidence or a proper trial by the court of law. An image of Rhea being surrounded by TRP-hungry men, prodding and poking at her, became a symbol of the second-rate treatment women receive in this country for not adhering to the rigid ‘moral’ values in Indian society.
The week also served as a reminder to raise awareness on literacy rates and access to education around the world. Additionally, India recorded the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per day than any other country. Women also came out in support of Kangana Ranaut in the light of her office being demolished by the BMC.
Let’s take a look at what women have had to say:
Journalist and activist Rana Ayyub talked about the haunting reality of Rhea Chakraborty’s unfair circumstances being turned into a source of entertainment for many.
A hundred men, their cameras touching her, violating her space, her body. This could be you tomorrow. But you will choose silence because watching this is fun right now. She is the villain of your amoral world. A country whose Prime Minister claims to champion womens rights pic.twitter.com/P4M8zOHeXh
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) September 7, 2020
An illustration of this by Mir Suhail showed just how deep misogyny goes.
— Runjhun Sharma (@Runjhunsharmas) September 7, 2020
Many stood in solidarity with Rhea by tweeting out a message displayed on her t-shirt after her arrest. Journalist Rohini Singh was among these allies:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
If you are getting triggered by this post
Then the problem is you! pic.twitter.com/6u6vU5TXIH
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) September 8, 2020
Journalist Faye D’Souza and actor Swara Bhaskar talked about the agenda this case has turned into.
Swara Bhaskar On Rhea's Arrest
Actor @ReallySwara says, “A lot of us have been feeling very uncomfortable at the turn that Sushant’s tragic demise and everything that happened after that took. Very quickly, we saw his death being turned into an agenda.”#SushantSinghRajput pic.twitter.com/FNY87WD9PW
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) September 9, 2020
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 7, 2020
Actor Taapsee Pannu shared her view on how the circumstances of this case and the involvement of drugs have unfolded.
Correction. She wasn’t consuming. Financing and procuring for Sushant. So in that case if he was alive he would’ve been put behind bars too ? Oh no. She must’ve forced the drugs onto him. Sushant must’ve been force fed marijuana. Yes that’s what it is exactly. We did it guys 🙌🏼 https://t.co/6f8l7DncuI
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) September 8, 2020
A former Republic TV journalist, Shantasree Sarkar, revealed the television channel’s agenda surrounding the SSR case. She even reminded the public on what the charges against Rhea are; charges that still haven’t been proven with evidence.
Whoever is a hardcore #SSR fan, must remember, consuming drugs with her bf isn't the charge, labelled by the family. It's murder & siphoning of funds, which are still being investigated. Being a bengali & a woman, I feel ashamed that this country has lost its tolerance for truth!
— Shantasree Sarkar (@sarkarshanta) September 8, 2020
Actor Richa Chadha posed a relevant question and offered her condolences to the family of actor Kondapalli Sravani, who died by suicide yesterday.
She had alleged harassment a few months ago ... against the man she was living with ... curious to know the extent to which this case will be under scrutiny... RIP! Tragic.
Condolences to the family. https://t.co/4qOyAw2Fhf
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) September 10, 2020
Many spoke up against the misuse of government machinery by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to break down actor Kangana Ranaut’s office in her absence, including National Women’s Commission Chairperson Rekha Sharma, journalist Nidhi Razdan, and actor Dia Mirza.
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) September 9, 2020
This is just blatant misuse of govt machinery. https://t.co/yGYbOpkwBx
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) September 9, 2020
Kangana comparing Mumbai to POK is not acceptable. But there is absolutely no doubt that @mybmc moving to suddenly conduct a demolition of areas of her office space is totally questionable. Why now? Why like this? What were you doing all this while if there were irregularities?
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) September 9, 2020
There is no illegal construction in my house, also government has banned any demolitions in Covid till September 30, Bullywood watch now this is what Fascism looks like 🙂#DeathOfDemocracy #KanganaRanaut
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 9, 2020
The Arrest of Rhea Chakraborty and Demolition of Part of Kangana Ranaut’s Bungalow proves one thing - If authorities want to get you, they will find a Law that you have violated
— Joy (@Joydas) September 9, 2020
A few like veteran journalists Barkha Dutt and Faye Dsouza also pointed out how news relevant to the country is being overlooked.
Overwhelming idiocy all around is all I can say. 'Demolition' of good sense, good taste, good journalism. No one looks good. No one. Not one. Not the misogynistic hate spewing mobs and not those who fight them through non democratic instruments of the state. Waste of our time
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 9, 2020
Things to report today.
- India registered the highest COVID deaths/ day than any other country
-Tensions with China PLA in Ladhak
-Rising farmer suicides from across the country
-Goldman predicts India’s GDP -14.8% . Fitch cuts its forecast for India for FY21 to -10.5%.
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) September 9, 2020
And in better news, UN Women shared the progress being made in increasing literacy for women around the world to understand their agency, autonomy, and independence.
— UN Women (@UN_Women) September 8, 2020
The Female Lead reminded us about the importance of solidarity.
I am not free while any woman is unfree 👇 pic.twitter.com/6vM7OlI5B0
— The Female Lead (@the_female_lead) September 8, 2020
(Edited by Athira Nair)