Tamil director Bhagyaraj faces backlash for comments on 'women creating situations that lead to sexual assault'
Tamil film director Bhagyaraj has recently faced online backlash for his misogynistic comments. At the music launch of Karuthukalai Pathivu Sei in Bengaluru, Bhagyaraj shared his opinion on incidents of sexual assault, and pinned the blame on the survivors.
"Women create a situation that allows mistakes to happen. Things will be alright if you (women) behave correctly. You can’t always only blame boys," he said, according to The Indian Express.
The report further adds his remarks were met with applause and cheer from the audience.
Karuthukalai Pathivu Sei is based on the infamous Pollachi sexual harassment case, where a gang of men had allegedly tried to strip a woman in a car, and then attempted to shoot a video of her. They also blackmailed her with the visuals, demanding money.
Bhagyaraj even defended the perpetrators of the case, and said the men were not responsible but only took advantage of the women's weakness. "You gave them that opportunity and that is a big mistake," he said. The director said such crimes can be avoided by women if they "self-regulate themselves."
He argued a man can emotionally juggle relationships with multiple women. In his view, the same does not apply for women. He then said how there are cases about a wife killing husband to be with her lover.
His remarks were widely criticised by social media users
Ppl were clapping for this? Is this the mentality that ppl appreciate? If u want to make males a victim in this than u can talk about sexual violence that men faced. However, not accepting ill behaviour isn’t right. Ppl get ganged rape in this world.#Bhagyaraj @imKBRshanthnu pic.twitter.com/5eVsYf7i7L
— ѕஆ (@api_sha) November 26, 2019
BOYCOTT BHAGYARAJ FILMS. HE IS A MALE CHAUVINISTIC PIG SOAKED WITH INSOLENCE, ARROGANCE FROTHING AT HIS MOUTH WITH HIGH LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE-DEFICIENCY — Binoy Hoskote (@BinHosBin) November 27, 2019
Its one thing to say "Women have to be careful & not be careless about who they befriend & trust" & its another thing to say "You can't just blame the men." And no, he wasn't talking about men in general. So, disappointed with K.Bhagyaraj & his speech on this particular topic. — Panadol (@KichuKi88931574) November 27, 2019
misogyny, chauvinism, audacity... Who will tell this fellow that’Men Rape’ Men’s impunity that they can get away with Rape; Imagine plight of female actors, working with this fellow? Directors like Bhagyaraj need to be boycotted https://t.co/mvcTSThiDD
— Brinda Adige (@BrindaAdige) November 27, 2019
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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2019 15:39:21 IST