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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments




Sup Travellers?! One particular photoshoot from India is getting a whole lot of attention worldwide but for all the wrong reasons.

Many are condemning the photos for its distasteful theme which surrounds a gang rape scenario glamorizing sexual assault on women. 

The photoshoot called "Wrong Turn" was taken by Raj Shetye inside of a bus and many are outraged over it because of how reminiscent it is of the gruesome December 2012 gang rape and murder of New Delhi physiotherapy student, Nirbhaya.

Shetye first denied that the shoot was inspired by the gang rape. "This is in no way meant to glamorize the act, which was very bad," he told BuzzFeed. "It's just a way of throwing light on [the issue]." 

Shetye tried to argue that he was raising awareness of the overarching problem, not painting it in a positive light. "We stay in a society where rich people roam in cars, and poor people who roam in public transport are in danger. It was my intent to mix these two things which are pretty apart from each other and make aesthetically strong images about it."

Despite his explanation a number of viewers still took to Twitter to voice their opinions of the super controversial photoshoot.

"Did i just see a fashion-spread depicting the Delhi gangrape of Nirbhaya? Disgusting!I hope all associated, die of shame! Insensitive swine!" Famous music director Vishal Dadlani tweeted.

"Screw perspective. Even if they claim it's not inspired by the Nirbhaya bus rape, I don't see the beauty." Shama Thakur tweeted.

"Raj Shetye's photoshoot is horrible and disgusting. Basically telling society it's okay to gang rape. Last thing India needs..." AParwani  tweeted.

When told about the negative reactions his photoshoot was attracting, Shetye reportedly stuck to his guns, saying that he felt satisfied that he had started a conversation. "At least the work I did is so impactful that I'm able to shed some light on this. I don't feel happy, but it makes me feel satisfied. That whatever I've tried to communicate is being communicated."

As he told Indian TV channel IBNLive: "Consider this. I did with photography what a writer would do if he had to write about that incident."

I've written a lot of articles on my blog concerning rape in India and I can safely say that there is nothing glamorous about it.

Some may argue that there are photographers in other parts of the world who do the same thing but when considering just how big of an issue gang rape is in India it was only fair that the photoshoot be condemned for its distastefulness. I'm just saying. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.