Activist Sunitha Krishnan defends posting rape videos on net

Krishnan is herself a gang rape survivor, having been assaulted when she was 15.

By: Express News Service | Hydrabad | Updated: February 10, 2015 7:04 pm
sunitha krishnan, sexual harassment, violence against women, women safety, muzaffarnagar The two videos, uploaded by Sunitha Krishnan on social networking sites under ‘Shame the Rapist’ campaign, nauseated her when she first watched them.

Activist Sunitha Krishnan has defended posting of two rape videos, soon after which her car was attacked and damaged last week.

Krishnan, the co-founder of Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala, says the two videos, uploaded by her on social networking sites under ‘Shame the Rapist’ campaign, nauseated her when she first watched them.

“They were smiling, cracking jokes, making a video and taking photos while they went about sexually assaulting the victim. They also circulated the videos on Internet and WhatsApp. It is their utter lack of fear of committing such an act, remorselessness and insensitivity that shocked me… I felt that these persons must be identified, shamed and brought to justice,” she says.

“The fact that these videos were in circulation for six months, seen and forwarded hundreds of times but still no one thought of reporting it to the authorities is also disturbing.”

Prajwala works for rehabilitation of sex workers and their children and those rescued from the sex trade, and Krishnan has been using the social media and Internet to gather information about offenders.

“Offenders make videos and take photos to shame victims and use these to threaten them into silence. I used the same strategy against the offenders while concealing the identity of the victim. I am hoping people will be sensitive enough to give information if they can identify the rapists,” she says.

On Monday, Krishnan met judicial officers too to seek advice on how to take the matter forward.

While YouTube took off the rape videos the next day, the Hyderabad Police has not made much progress in investigation into the rapes or the attack on Krishnan’s car.

Krishnan is herself a gang rape survivor, having been assaulted when she was 15. Living in Bangalore then, she had started teaching children living in slums.

Krishnan says she does not remember much about the gang rape but the anger she felt about how she was treated after it and the way people looked at her gave her strength for her struggles since. She finished her schooling, graduated in environmental science from St Joseph’s College in Bangalore, and went on to do PhD in social work from Harvard University.

In late 1995, Krishnan was sent to jail for two months for leading protests against the Miss World event at Bangalore. Some years ago, she was attacked near Bangalore, leading to partial loss of hearing in her left ear.

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    guest
    Feb 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm
    no one will comment over here.... because.. india... bura mat dekho, bura mat bolo aur bura mat suno.. has been translated as close ur eyes when u see something wrong, dont utter word when u see something going wrong and lid up ur ears when u hear something wrong...
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      anonymous
      Feb 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm
      ..Sunita krishnan really is a compionate woman ..undertanding the plight of rape victims While I agree that the Indian society on the w is becoming selfish and closing it eyes to such serious crimes against innocent women..and hence awareness needs to be created and that ISome Men are becoming demons ually .and they take pride in rapes..and Helpless women are highy pitiable and something concrete needs to be done for them ...I dont really appreciate posting such videos on internet...The reason is the people who commit such crimes do not care a thing for such things like retion..Unless they realise that women need to be respected from heart things wont change ...But on the contrary such videos might continue to haunt the poor rape victims permanently..they might be reminded again and again of this especially when they are trying to forget such acts..
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      1. Lala Endah
        Feb 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm
        i think india should stop making film that involved ual explicit inside the story. i mean look how dangerous that kind of movie could make the negative side effects like raping, ual abused, molesting, etc. maybe the film producer trying to make more money with it and attach more viewer but look, that kind of movie only attach pervert and i can guarantee most of them r men single and have no good education. unqualified movie, will bring unqualified viewer.
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          vishal
          Feb 11, 2015 at 7:48 pm
          It is becoming more and more clear ual abuse of women is constantly increasing with out any fear and accountability. What we are not able to understand is the media is somewhat glorifying this and not showing the offenders in proper light. Victims are usually labelled as prosutes. The atude of the Indians towards is becoming horrible day by day. The Government should look in to all aspects dispionately and take proper remedial steps.
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