The horrific incident that took place in Bengaluru on New Year's Eve shocked all! Appalled by the events transpired that night, people took to social media to outrage, and dubbed it as 'Night of Shame'. But, there was also a segment of people that blamed women and westernisation for what happened that night.
A steady rise has been observed in the crimes committed against women. While there are many things to which this rise can be attributed to, Bollywood and TV are known to have a huge impact on people. And more often than not, films and TV are often accused of popularising 'rape culture' in the country. One of the most debated and discussed point has been the influence of the rap songs in normalising patriarchy. We have had rappers who are known to continually churn out songs filled with highly misogynistic and derogatory lyrics.
In a striking movement to change the highly sexist and patriarchal mindset, the girls' college of Delhi University have decided to not invite rappers whose songs comprise sexist lyrics that are offensive to womenkind. In an unanimous decision by the student unions, the college has decided against inviting rappers whose songs contain lyrics that are derogatory towards women.
The General Secretary of Students' Union, Miranda House, Samridhi Bajaj said, "What is the point in protesting for women's rights if we are entertained by songs which say I swear chhoti dress mein bomb lagdi mennu?"
Explaining the motive behind the idea, Raavi Jotwani, Vice President, Student's Union, Jesus and Mary College said, "Lyrics like Manne suna hai tu twenty plus ho gayi and Yahaan sari dance dikhari hai, gori kamar hilari hai (Party by Fazilpuria), are sexist and offensive and we are not trying to promote that culture. We prefer a female artist who believes in ideas like ours and who can understand us better than someone who tears us apart in our own college on our fest. We are taught that women should be confident, competent and compassionate and the lyrics of these artists are completely opposite so they are a big 'No' for our fests."
More power to you girls!