More Indian women appear to be joining the rap scene to express their frustrations about severe gender inequality in India. Yesterday two women, Uppekha Jain and Pankhuri Awasthi posted a video of themselves, labelling it 'Bombbaebs' #Rap Against Rape' where they talk about the '999' issues that need fixing, especially for women.
Recently, a St Stephen's college student's rap video went viral in which she called out rapper Honey Singh at a poetry slam for misogynistic lyrics.
This video starts off with a disclaimer stating 'You don't have to read this. Its only a standard disclaimer. This video doesn't have any explicit or bannable content. It's just that the reality for women in India is Explicit.'
The disclaimer also states their new definition of masculine - 'Men who are evolved enough to support the making of this video.'
The duo is seen holding up placards with the word #rape and #misogyny while they rap out the hypocritical stance that Indian men and even women seem to adopt in the country. They talk about Sunny Leone being the most Googled celebrity today in an attempt to bring out the irony of "men who tell us to keep nudity at bay."
Labelling themselves as a couple of girls trying to open their viewers' eyes about how there are "not enough men saying Meri Beti Meri Shaan" they plead to society to take real action, "and find new definitions for honour, dignity, respect and masculinity" instead of simply tweeting.
Here's their touching, power-packed conclusion to the song:
"Gone are the times we stayed abused and broken
And behind closed doors we cried
Its about time to change the tide and for you to get on our side
Help us bring in a new day – for you, for me, for us
Lets carve a new way."