A number of Bollywood celebrities have come ahead to oppose the media trial towards Rhea Chakraborty, and have additionally signed an open letter to the media.
Printed on a Blog known as Feminist Voices, the letter is signed by 60 organisations and celebs like Anurag Kashyap, Gauri Shinde, Zoya Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Shibani Dandekar and extra.
Stating the distinction between media remedy given to Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan vs Rhea, the letter additionally mentioned “Hunt information,not girls.” It known as out the media for trivializing psychological well being and melancholy.
The letter additionally known as the media protection a drama of ‘Rhea ko phasao’. It additionally said how evident points happening within the pandemic like GDP, well being have been ignored in favour of ‘victimising a younger lady’.
Learn the complete letter right here:
“Expensive Information Media of India,
We, are anxious about you. Are you feeling okay?
As a result of, as we watch your witch-hunt of Rhea Chakraborty, we can’t perceive why you’ve got deserted each skilled ethic of journalism, each tenet of human decency and dignity and chosen as an alternative to bodily assault a younger lady along with your digital camera crews, endlessly violate her privateness and work additional time on false accusations and moralistic innuendo for a drama of ‘Rhea ko phasao’.
You will have been obsessive about creating just one narrative: a younger lady who makes her personal selections, who lives along with her boyfriend with out marriage and who speaks up for herself as an alternative of performing like a damsel in misery, has a morally doubtful character, and is to be thought of a legal at any price, with out investigation, with out the method of legislation and respect for her rights.
We all know you will be completely different — as a result of now we have seen you be form and respectful to the Salman Khans and Sanjay Dutts of this world, urging us to think about their households, followers and careers. However, relating to a younger lady who has not even been confirmed to commit any crime, you’ve got assassinated her character, egged an internet mob on demonise her and her household, fuelled wrongful calls for and known as her arrest your victory. Victory over what? Younger girls daring to make their very own lives in a society that grudges them their freedoms?
There’s a lot on this world that forestalls younger girls from even dreaming little desires, not to mention attaining them. Their laughs are too loud for everybody, their freedom too free for households and communities — and apparently for tv information channels — their disappointment not actual, their questions, their considerations, their ambitions, their garments selections, all scrutinised, trivialised, dismissed, persecuted. It’s simple to victimise a younger lady as a result of there are such a lot of individuals who already disbelieve, slut-shame and abuse girls, for his or her smallest freedoms. It’s definitely cheaper than doing precise tales a few host of points from GDP to well being, at present confronting us.
In a pandemic which has seen a disturbing rise in home violence, in a society the place girls don’t report sexual violence to the police, as a result of they’re more likely to be informed they had been one way or the other ‘asking for it’ — ‘it’ being assault, rape, harassment — is selling damaging stereotypes of vishkanyas and dayans, which have endangered girls for many years, the perfect function you discovered to play?
In a pandemic which has seen India’s already alarming psychological well being disaster intensify, and suicide charges go up, you possibly can have taken the possibility to make a distinction to the understanding of psychological well being, bringing compassion and data to the desk.
As an alternative you selected to trivialise melancholy and perpetuate essentially the most regressive stereotypes about psychological well being. Why? Simply because Rhea Chakraborty took her boyfriend’s psychological well being significantly? Why don’t you wish to have a look at it significantly? Why do you not wish to acknowledge that India accounts for one-third of feminine suicides on the earth — and that household violence and social ostracism is a significant motive for his or her suicide makes an attempt? What are you hiding, information media, who’re you defending while you don’t confront these actual truths of our society? Is it the callousness inside our ‘easy’ households and the cruelty of our society to anybody who’s completely different, which you’ve got enacted your self in your character assassination of a younger lady? We see which aspect you might be on — it’s not the aspect of a impartial viewpoint, not the aspect of equity and justice, however the aspect of social violence and management.
Your pulp fictions have threatened each, the vulnerabilities of ladies and the fragility of psychological well being. And you’ve got despatched out a message to each lady on this nation– and to their potential attackers — that if she doesn’t keep inside essentially the most restrictive limits she is honest recreation for abuse, molestation and violence.
Spare us your drained hypocrisies of Beti Bachao and respecting girls. It’s not being somebody’s beti that makes a girls worthy of respect. It’s being an equal citizen of the nation that accords us the rights all residents deserve: due course of in legislation, safety from violence, a good listening ear, respect for selection and privateness.
We write to ask you, the information media, to cease this unfair witch hunt of Rhea Chakraborty and to cease fuelling ethical polarities of fine girls to be deified and unhealthy girls to be crucified which endangers all girls.
We write to ask you to do the fitting and accountable factor. Your jobs. Hunt information, not girls.”