The statistics say, in India, a woman is raped every 15 minutes. How many rape threats they receive? Well, no one knows. That’s because the victims, in this case, often choose to stay quiet and ignore the matter. But, recently when stand-up comedian Agrima Joshua received horrific rape threats from a Youtuber Shubham Mishra, the incident shook the nation. It sparked outrage among the netizens and the man was arrested. Alia Bhatt and her sister Shaheen Bhatt receiving rape threats since the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.
In both cases, the offenders have termed rape threats as if it is a weapon for punishment. Are we forgetting that rape is a heinous crime and cannot be justified with anything? Agrima’s offender, a class 11 dropout, self-acclaimed social worker felt entitled and decided to make a filthy YouTube video threatening the girl. In the case of Alia, the offenders are upset and angry with her father Mahesh Bhatt and thus, his daughters receive rape threats!
It shows a pattern – if a random person’s sentiment gets hurt by a woman, she receives a rape threat. If someone wants to see a man to be punished, female members of his family become the target!
We need to understand that this is not the first time that celebs are facing this. But, finally, the media thought this is important enough to make headlines. Alia’s sister Shaleen said she is not surprised. She also said she will take the matter to the court if it doesn’t end here. More power to her. This toxic show up of masculinity and power on social media must stop once and for all. People need to recognize rape as a crime not as a way of threatening, venting, or protesting.