India’s Supreme Court on Saturday stayed the death sentence of two of the four men convicted of the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that horrified the country and sparked weeks of protests.
Rape is no joking matter, that much is clear. But the members of an Indian comedy group has used sarcasm to highlight the absurdity of blaming victims of sexual assault, and has succeeded in sparking a much-needed debate in their nation.
When a magazine intern went to take photographs of the derelict Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai on Aug. 22, five men gang raped her and recorded the atrocity with videos and photos on their phones. After forcing her to clean up after their crime, they threatened to publish the media they’d collected if she accused them.