The whole country is in shock after what happened on the New Year’s Eve in a cosmopolitan city like Bengaluru. And yet again, there are questions on the safety of girls in India.
It’s true that, women are a victim of many sexist comments and feel insecure almost every day. To see a larger picture, people dare to do such a horrific act majorly because of the ruckus pop culture and the derogatory rap songs being made by the desi rappers. While people are opining against it, the Delhi University girls took action in their own way; no sexist rapper will be invited in any of their fests.
The general secretary of Miranda house students union, Samidhi Bajaj, says that, "What is the point in protesting for women's rights if we are entertained by songs which say I swear chhoti dress mein bomb lagdi mennu?" Honey Singh is the face of the youth, but he doesn’t shy away from lyrics like this:
“Bhare club mein reh jayegi
Billo phir kalli tu
Koun sambhalega tujhko
Jab ho jaayegi talli tu”
The DU students believe that there’s no point of emancipation of such lyrics, which speak ill about women; and that drives others to think of molesting.
No doubt that, they have a legit point about it. Smitha Sabu, who is the Lady Shri Ram College’s student union treasurer, gives a very valid quote, "We are trying to propagate the ideas of feminism and equality, while these artists are using their art form to demean women. The lyrics of songs like Brown Rang and Saturday Saturday are offensive, abusive and completely opposite of what we are taught in college. In these songs, women are mere objects obsessed with makeup, shopping and partying, so we can't think of calling these artists for obvious reasons.”
Badshah’s offensive lyrics like “Arey club mein teri sarkar bana doon. Table ko teri bar bana doon..” doesn’t mean anything apart from giving a face of his character.
They have stood up unanimously and it gives a very clear message that, it is a mass movement to speak for the women’s dignity and such lyrics can’t be tolerated.
Raftaar is an upcoming sensation in the Indian rap culture, and his songs like “All Black”, “Gucci Armani” and “Dhup Chik” are filled with the double meaning words which can’t be accepted anymore. The president of the students union of Jesus and Mary College, Raavi Jotwani says that, "Lyrics like Manne suna hai tu twenty plus ho gayi and Yahaan sari dance dikhari hai, gori kamar hilari hai (Party by Fazilpuria), are sexist and offensive and we are not trying to promote that culture. We prefer a female artist who believes in ideas like ours and who can understand us better than someone who tears us apart in our own college on our fest. We are taught that women should be confident, competent and compassionate and the lyrics of these artists are completely opposite so they are a big 'No' for our fests."
Popularly known as King Mika Singh, he has marred many lyrics with his insulting words and Samridhi Bajaj says that, “This is why we can’t even think of calling Mika to our cultural fest.” His songs are a big hit in the Bollywood top charts, but they are so offensive that even a fraction of it can’t be accepted. Evidently, the student union members aren’t seeking artists and singing on the basis of popularity as they objectify the women in a cheap way.
The DU fest has a social message which they want the nation to be heard of. Garima Tandon, Gargi College union president opines that, "How can you call a woman 'bomb'? We do not even consider artists like Honey Singh, Badshah and other Punjabi singers for our fests. This is not a joke, you cannot laugh about it. We are always cautious during our selection of artists.”
It is the need of the hour to speak-up for anything which objectifies a woman’s character in a demeaning way. And it is important to say “NO” to anything that promotes such an act.
Girls, a big thumbs-up to you!!
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