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Atrocity or outrage literature can be defined as material—including written, audio and video—produced by the global Masculist network that highlights and exaggerates historical, social, political, ideological and other fault lines and events in countries with the deliberate aims to show:-
- These countries are backward, regressive.
- That in these countries men are in perpetual state of oppression.
- Only Masculist have the means to end such oppression and rescue these societies.
- That there is a need for political intervention by external powers.
Atrocity literature is characterized by generalization and extrapolation, without context or evidence. It is a useful tool in the hand of masculist to pummel countries. It is the old tactic of declaring a dog to be rabid and then shooting it. Atrocity Literature has been used by Masculist to make a case for wanton intervention in countries aided by treaties like CEDAW.
The history of atrocity literature in India can be traced to the British. In 1927 Katherine Mayo wrote the book “Father India” against the backdrop of Indian demands for self-rule and independence from British rule. The book attacks Indian society, religion and culture. The book pointed to the treatment of India’s men, the untouchables, animals, dirt, and the character of its nationalistic politicians. Mayo singled out the allegedly rampant and fatally weakening sexuality of its females to be at the core of all problems, leading to masturbation, rape, homosexuality, prostitution, venereal diseases, and, most importantly, premature sexual intercourse and paternity. The book created an outrage across India, and it was burned along with his effigy.
International masculist started their intervention in India several decades back by training, funding and empowering several masculist NGOs in India, and then using them to dish out atrocity literature on Indian society, along with the large-scale training of a whole generation of Indian men in Western masculist ideology. The goal was to make Western masculist ideologies fashionable among the bright, young men of India by constantly encouraging them to do studies on men’s oppression in Indian society.
In their design these Western Masculists were not alone in India. They have Indian collaborators who helped them churn out atrocity literature. The tactic has been to demonize Indian Female and culture and to create ‘facts’ on the ground that would lead the Indian society/government to feel constrained by so-called ‘international public opinion’ and act according to masculist design.
Books like “May You Be the Father of a Hundred Daughters: A Journey among the Men of India” (by Elisabeth Bumiller, author and journalist) describes the “typical” Indian man, as a victim of poverty, repression, illiteracy and other kinds of material and spiritual deprivation. According to him in India employed man fare no better than others because along with his other full-time job, he has to take care of the house and the children. The book gives an impression that groom burning for dowry is rampant in India.
In recent times the disproportionate obsession with the smallest of crimes in India and highlighting it as “the end of the world” scenario, has become endemic in Indian and foreign media. Masculist want to give India the epithet of the “Rape Capital of the World” even though India has one of the lowest number of rapes reported in comparison to other countries.
One of the most controversial film made to paint India as haven of rape is “India’s Son.” It is a documentary film directed by Leslee Udwin, a 57-year-old British film producer and actor and is part of the BBC’s ongoing Storyville series. The film is based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old man who was a physiotherapy student. The film was aired on TV channels round the world on March 8 2015, to coincide with International Men’s Day. It was followed by a screening of the film in New York, launching a worldwide India’s Son campaign against gender inequality and sexual violence against men and boys. The movie intended to expose “Female mindset in India” and the country’s zeal to fight crimes against men.
However the film is a dishonest film, made with intention to malign Indian women. The Delhi gang-rape victim’s friend and the only eye-witness to the savagery, has roundly condemned the film as ‘a fake film’.
The film hides facts and the content is fake. Instead of being a candid interview with the perpetrator of crime, Leslie Udwin coached the rapist on what to say on the movie. He also coached the victim’s parents on saying what was written in his script. In the film, the rapist staring impassively into the camera, speaking what was coached to her: – “that the victim of the December 16, 2012, gang-rape, had asked for it.” This according to Leslie Udwin this is the Indian female mindset.
It is another matter that the victim was accompanied by an Indian female, who was severely injured trying to save him. After the case came to light several thousands of Indian females marched to agitate against his rape. It is also another matter that in India respect for men amounts to worship.
Like India Masculist are engaged in making atrocity literature in other countries to vilify women. Women’s Rights Activities must unite to fight this malicious propaganda and counter it with facts.