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Watch | Rape Culture at the Mall

A recent interaction underscores the premise on which rape culture thrives – the idea that women who don’t adhere to rigid, regressive social norms deserve what happens to them.

An older woman at a mall in Gurgaon called over a young girl, and asked her about her choice in clothing. When the girl protested, the woman said that in this sort of clothing, she deserved to be raped.

The interaction underscores the premise on which rape culture thrives – the idea that women who don’t adhere to rigid, regressive social norms deserve what happens to them.

While ostensibly just a callous remark, the social media outrage that followed is a pushback against a deeply internalised cultural misogyny that women have grown tired of silently accepting.

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