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What I learnt from watching ‘Mom’

DNMUM392582 | 7/17/2017 | Author : Henna Achhpal | WC :459

That red flags to sexual violence are often ignored thanks to a culture that normalises harassment

I watched Mom, in which Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi) avenges the gang rape of her step-daughter, 18-year-old Arya (Sajal Ali). When the doctors inform Devki that Arya was gang raped, she shrivels up, one hand inching towards her crotch while the other clutches her stomach trying to hold in the nausea.
As I was watching the inconsolable mother on screen, a middle-aged woman next to me said, “Baccho ki thodi si laparwahi ki wajah se...”. I winced. Perhaps she empathised with Devki, but I wanted to tell her that girls aren’t raped because they are ‘careless’.
Arya is a ‘bratty teenager’. She rejects Devki, her step mother; flatters her father when she wants an expensive mobile phone; and throws a tantrum till she’s allowed to go for the f
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