Sep 24, 2013

    Indian rape-satire video goes viral

    A VIDEO by a group of comedians that lampoons controversial comments by public figures after the gang rape of a student in New Delhi last December has gone viral.

    The satirical video features Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin and television host Juhi Pandey explaining why women must take the blame for the rising number of rapes in India.

    "Scientific studies suggest that women who wear skirts are the leading cause of rape. Do you know why? Because men have eyes," Koechlin says at the start of the video, which runs for almost four minutes.

    She goes on to show examples of "provocative" clothing, including a woman covered in a black burqa and a spacesuit complete with a helmet.

    The video, called "It's your fault", has been viewed more than 800,000 times and received more than 4,000 comments since it was published on YouTube on Thursday, and has gone viral on Indian networking sites.

    The video was made by four Indian stand-up comedians - Ashish Shakya, Rohan Joshi, Gursimran Khamba and Tanmay Bhat - who wanted to change the "massive misconception" that women invite rapes.