A new sketch by The Viral Fever's new channel Girliyapa, focusing on marital rape, might raise a few eyebrows.
Provocatively titled How I Raped Your Mother, it starts off with Devika (Aakanksha Thakur) sitting down with her extended family and confiding in them that her husband Arun (Anandeshwar Dwivedi) has been forcing himself on her.
The sketch has been shot like a multi-camera sitcom, with a laughter track that is manipulated to make the video a deliberately disturbing watch that makes sharp observations about patriarchy and demonstrates the ease with which sometimes horrific things in our society are mansplained away. It uses sarcasm for the sake of social commentary, not comedy.
The lines, loud acting, and canned laughter come together to create this biting piece of satire, which is conceptually reminiscent of the infamous 'I Love Mallory' sequence from Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994).
Marital rape is a quotidian crime in India, which is one of the few countries in the world that still hasn't criminalised it. A 2014 study conducted by International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in eight Indian states, as reported by The Hindu, showed that 33% of the men surveyed admitted to "having forced a sexual act upon their wives/ partners at some point in their lives".
Watch the video above.
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