Readers only offer: Get additional Rs 200 off on 'The Better Home' powerful natural cleaners. Shop Now
X
Maneka Gandhi Calls out the Indian Film Industry for Passing off ‘Eve-Teasing’ as Romance

Maneka Gandhi Calls out the Indian Film Industry for Passing off ‘Eve-Teasing’ as Romance

Promotion
Ad Banner

Indian cinema needs to re-think what it portrays as romance because it could very easily be considered “eve-teasing”. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, at a recent event, criticised how the film industry promotes harmful and possibly abusive notions about romance and love.

Speaking at the Goa Fest 2017, Gandhi said that the plot of a lot of movies generally end up prominently featuring harassment of women under the guise of courtship.

She has been quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying, “If you look at the films…in last 50 years, the only way to communicate messages… I am talking about the feature films in every language in India. The romance almost always starts with eve-teasing. The man and his friends will surround a woman, trip her up…abuse her, touch her inappropriately and slowly, slowly she will fall in love with him, and then rest of it is, he fights with somebody or other and gets her.”

Promotion
Ad Banner

And these characterizations have in turn played a rule in normalising the violence against women in society, argued the minister. She encouraged introspection of the medium and wondered if it should continue promoting such values to millions across the country.


You may also like: Actress Swara Bhaskar Has Written an Open Letter to Her Stalker – Sexism. And You Can’t Miss It


Gandhi joins the list of number of prominent personalities to have criticised the portrayal of romantic relationships in Indian cinema. Most recently, South Indian actor Prithviraj vowed that he will no longer act in movies that peddle sexist and misogynistic ideals.

Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

Promotion
Ad Banner

Let’s be friends :)
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive news daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement
X
Before you go...

We have a favor to ask.

Our teams put in a lot of effort to create the content you love at The Better India.

In return, we would love it if you could help us spread the word about our new range of sustainable home cleaners: The Better Home