A video starring actress Kalki Koechlin which takes a dig at some controversial comments made by public figures on gang rapes has gone viral online.
The video 'It's Your Fault', which also stars VJ Juhi Pandey, has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and received more than 6,000 comments since it was published on YouTube on September 19.
The parody video from "All India Bakchod" features Bollywood actresses gleefully (and sarcastically) explaining to women that rape is "their fault." The joke here isn't the act of rape itself, but the excuses used to perpetrate it. As they state on their Youtube page:
"Every sexual assault case in India inspires a string of stupid and hateful remarks against women. This is our response to those remarks".
At the start of the video, which runs for almost four minutes, Koechlin says that scientific studies suggest that women who wear skirts are the leading cause of rape. Do you know why? Because men have eyes.
Koechlin goes on to show examples of provocative clothing, including a woman covered in a black burqa and a spacesuit complete with a helmet.
In reaction to the gang-rape last December, politicians and a number of leading gurus had made a series of comments blaming everything from mobile phones to short skirts and noodles for violence against women.
All India Bakchod's video joins other efforts in the country dedicated to chipping away at outmoded ideas about women and their rights in general, but specifically their right to bodily autonomy. The recent and controversial "Save Our Sisters" campaign featured Hindu goddesses, edited to look beaten and bloodied, to drive a home a point about domestic abuse.
With inputs from Takepart.com