The new trend of Groping and Molesting Around Pubs
An article by blogger friend Vijay Nair was a trigger for writing this post.
A bindaas Chameli, paua chadha ke jiggles her bosom, shakes her booty as hundreds of inebriated men salivate and try to grab a piece of her. She tempts, “Husn jaan leva hai, dekhne mein halwa hai”.
A skimpy Munni rolls her tongue, rubs her derriere as she belts out “Hai mujh mein poori botal ka naasha,..... amiya se aam hui.” The song is a chartbuster, the movie super hit.
A pouting Mallika croons seductively, " Razia Gundo mein phans gayi" as several rogues try to grab her. Undeterred, Mallika happily teases some more.
The trend could have started when ‘choli ke peeche’ became a hit and was followed by “mein aayi hoon UP Bihar lootne” and scores of others. No wonder, Kareena is proud of her seductive 'Halkat Jawani' number in the movie 'Heroine' and hopes to outdo Chameli in terms of winning lumpen goons.
In the movie Cocktail, an intoxicated Deepika suggestively encourages Saif to grope her as she dirty dances in a pub.Scene over. Deepika moves to the security of her vanity van. It is just a song. And with bodyguards around, no one can touch her.
So who gets groped in real life?
The ordinary girl on the street - the one without a bodyguard. No security. No driver.
These filmy images lurk somewhere in the crevices of psychotic, unbalanced minds. Apart from a criminal background, medieval mindset, parochial outlook or sick psyche, there could be hundred other reasons for getting inspired by negative images. I am not sure whether reel imitates real or vice-verse.
Ideally if a tipsy heroine in skimpy clothes invites raunchy men to grope her, it does NOT give a right to any man to molest women in or around pubs, be it Gurgaon or Guwahati. But when did we live in an ideal world?
A word about 'Responsible Drinking'. How many alcohol users understand the word? The five kilometer stretch of state highway in front of my house has no PCR but six liquor shops. Two liquor shops belt out provocative item songs for an assortment of truck and bus drivers. Some of these drivers ferry young girls from call centers at night.
The Delhi rapists younger brother Mukesh, who allegedly drove the bus around when the 23-year-old girl was subjected to a near unprecedented degree of brutality, had told the police: "mera bhai sharab peene ke baad janwar ban jaata hai" (My brother turns into a beast after consuming liquor).
Take a crowded public transport in Delhi and one in five girls will have strange men rubbing their thighs against them.Most have learnt to live with lewd remarks, groping, whistling and daily harassment.
Lately, we seem to ceaselessly hurtle from one outrage to another each time a new story of crime against women breaks on television. While one is still reeling from one outrage, a new one hits the headlines with double the vengeance.
Perhaps, there is only so much outrage that a nation can evince in a week’s time. In our hearts we know that such stories are breaking every hour somewhere, someplace.
Is it only me who feels the need to tone down the overt sexuality of raunchy item songs where a tipsy heroine invites hordes of leering drunkards to grope her?