Swara Bhasker accused of Instigating Violence against Women

Actress Swara Bhasker has been called out for her role in the web series, Rasbhari which has been accused of instigating violence.

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“Rapes are increasing not because of my roles"

Actress Swara Bhasker has come under fire for her recent series, Rasbhari (2020) which has been accused of instigating sexual violence against women.

One Twitter user by the name Vishal Bansal expressed his disapproval of Swara and her series, Rasbhari.

He shared pictures of Swara from the series. Taking to Twitter, in Hindi, he wrote:

“The whole nation is ashamed. This is Swara Bhasker. Shows like Rasbhari serve sex, then preach about violence against women increasing.”

Reacting to the tweet, Swara posted a two-part response. She said:

“This is a wrong and deplorable way of thinking. Sex between consenting adults is the most natural thing. That is how you were born.

“Rape is an abuse of power, and is forced, non-consensual sex. Understand the difference.”

Swara Bhasker continued to mention that her role is not to blame for the number of rapes in India. She tweeted:

“Rapes are increasing not because of my roles, but by thinking such as yours. Apply your brain sometimes, Mr Bansal.”

Rasbhari has previously been accused of sexualising children. CBFC chairman, Prasoon Joshi complained about a scene in the show. He wrote:

“Saddened by Webseries #Rasbhari’s irresponsible content portraying a little girl child dancing provocatively in front of men drinking.”

“Creators & audience need 2 seriously rethink Freedom of expression or freedom of exploitation? Let’s spare children in the desperate need 4 entertainment.”

In response, Swara Bhasker wrote:

“With respect sir, perhaps you have misunderstood the scene. It’s absolutely opposite to how you have described it.

“The child is dancing by her own choice, the father gets awkward and embarrassed on seeing it. The girl is simply dancing. She doesn’t know that the society will sexualise her too. That’s all there is to this scene.”

In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Swara further clarified the meaning behind the web series. She explained:

“It’s never a good idea to analyse a whole show or a film with one clip without context.”

She added that the purpose of the scene was to showcase how people are sexualised by society. She said:

“It’s never a good idea to comment on anything without context because context is everything. The purpose of the scene is to demonstrate how adults and society sexualise children, and the second thing is how subcontinental parenting we give our girls and boys different values.”

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