First of , I'd like to (downright) object to the point that "Girls-don't-get-raped-in-US/UK!"
Why? Because they do. Girls DO get raped is US and girls DO get raped in UK and that too more often then one thinks and I'm not just saying it, Statistics show that 27.3( Rate per 100,000 population) women got raped in US alone over a period of one year, just a single year. And Mind you, these are the cases that were reported. There are so many such cases that go unreported, So imagine what the total number could be...
With that established, Concluding that there is no correlation between rape( or violent crimes) and media because there is apparently more sensuality in Hollywood then there is in Bollywood or Tellywood but there isn't as much barbarity, is obviously way off target. Because as we can all see the Rape statistics , or shall I say, the reported rape stats very clearly show otherwise.
So Media is definitely , definitely one of the major outlets that's fostering such behavior.
(Note: I said ONE of the major outlet, there are many nozzles that let barbarity out)
Why media? That can be answered in two words, Item songs. Anyone who has ever watched one of these repulsive songs , I would say, know what I'm talking about. They're degrading, aweless and uncivil. i notice how many of you brought up the point that men look at women as mere objects of pleasure, Well such item songs are actually condoning the behavior. Because in these songs women are being used as a source of pleasure and just that, they don't have an entitiy, they don't have a motive, well actually they do and that is to please, please the men who ogle at her body.
And when we give such songs high rating, what does that say? Well, that says it's ok for 500 men to stare at a woman and throw money at her while she flaunts her stuff, It actually must be quite entertaining because apparently Munni Badnaam and Sheila or what not was enjoyed by a lot of us.
Films are films, The dramas nowadays are too bold as well. Bold not in a sense that they're showing reforming material that targets the wrong doings in society, Bold as in, It's downright vulgarity. A really good example of that is in the very signature of this one advocate of media here ( how ironic! ) where this girl and this guy are about to have thier suhaag raat. Now how is seeing that is going to effect someone's brain? That brain could be of a jobless, sexually frustrated man or a young teenage boy whose fascinated by sex but isn't allwed to talk about it which brings me to my second point,
Now if you still wanna compare American society or British society ( I'll talk more about America, since I live here and I know it better) to that of India, and say well OK there might be rape cases abroad but they are less (which they are not but still for argument's sake ) you have to keep in mind that sex is openly talked about here, It's not what I like to call it " a hawa" .
Sex is a need, it's a physical need but once it's potrayed to you as it's this outrageous thing you're not even suppose to think about but your body demands something else, it's a difficult battle. Not just for guys but for girls also. Then the young girl or a guy starts finding secretive ways to fulfill their needs , their hunger for a bit of exotica and that could eventually lead them to committing horrific crimes such as rape. The journey from the first to the latter step isn't that hard to imagine and media contributes a great deal to that.
Going back to the example I gave, This guy is not suppose to talk or discuss sex but there are bodily changes in him but no one cares about that, now the same guy watches TV and sees Arnav and khushi turning each other on ( sorry for the language) now is that guy gonna get sexually frustrated or what? So proper counseling and awareness is definitely due.
Last but not the least comes the economical and judiciary situations of the country, People don't have jobs, they don't have enough money to pay for anything , They're not getting justice, they're impatient, they're angry and that anger comes out in form of such violent crimes.
Does that mean I'm justifying anyone? Hell no! I'm a woman and I know what rape does to one.
But we have to keep in mind that there are many reason as to why the rapist might do what he does, and we need to approach this problem from it's basis to the latter.
Edited by dmgloverforever - 12 January 2013 at 11:40am