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She was utterly fearless, didn't have to go to school, could eat very hot green chillies like they were grapes, and ran faster than all of us. We accepted her because she was better than us... But all that was a very long time ago. Now she scrubs floors and dishes every day for the Boses, the Mukherjees, and the Singhs. How can she play Holi with us?
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Though well intentioned, Udwin's take on the issues of gender violence, and what the film dubs as India's "rape problem," does more harm than good to the greater struggle for gender equality in India. Far from casting a contemplative reflection on the incident and its aftermath, India's Daughter feels more like an investigative expose replete with detailed re-enactments of the incident, which in a perverse way fetishises the rape and glorifies the violent incident, tropes that are familiar to those of us who grew up watching films about India.
A whole two years after the shocking Delhi gang rape, why have things not changed? If even such a horrific act could not change the situation, what will it take for India to adjust its attitude towards its women?