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Indian film “Kill the Rapist?” explores revenge

Update : 06 Oct 2013, 04:37 AM

As India debates how to halt a rising tide of violence against women, two filmmakers are tackling the subject head on with a Bollywood movie called “Kill the Rapist?”

The film was inspired by the fatal gang-rape of a student in the capital New Delhi late last year, which triggered widespread outrage and national soul-searching over the treatment of women in India.

The new film aims to make “every rapist shiver with fear before even thinking of rape”, according to its Facebook page, which has already notched up more than 40,000 supporters.

With a modest budget and a largely unknown cast, “Kill the Rapist?” is due for release in December, one year after the Delhi attack in which a gang of six savagely attacked a 23-year-old physiotherapy student and her male friend on a bus.

“The brutality of that crime shook me up. It reminded me that we are such a hypocritical and selfish society,” Siddhartha Jain of iRock Films, who produced the movie, said.

“Through this film we want to amplify the debate on the issue and show that there is no one solution.”

The student died two weeks later from internal injuries inflicted during the attack, and four men were sentenced to death in September -- a punishment aimed, in part, at deterring would-be sexual predators.

Despite the outpouring of anger over the incident which led to a tougher rape law, sex crimes across the country continue to be reported daily in the Indian media.

“Kill the Rapist?” looks at how a victim of such an attack might act out her own revenge.

“As a society, we don't have much reverence or confidence in the legal system so if you happen to be the victim of a rape attack, what do you do?” said director Sanjay Chhel.

“Our film explores what the girl goes through physically, mentally, her journey and the people around her. We have put a question mark at the end of the title because we don't want to preach or take a legal stand.”

While the filmmakers want the movie to shock and unsettle the audience, they say it is not meant to be sensational.

The rape itself is never shown and the plot revolves around three female flatmates, who each offer a different perspective on the options available when a rapist attacks one of them.

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