'Are we now glamorizing rape?': Photo shoot resembles Nirbhaya incident, faces backlash

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 14:02 hrs

Mumbai-based fashion photographer Raj Shetye's artistic venture 'The Wrong Turn' has lived up to its name in the eyes of the social media community. It faces backlash due to its uncanny resemblance to the Nirbhaya incident.

The fashion photo shoot shows a woman being suggestively abused by men on a bus. In one particular shot, the female model poses as stuggling between two men - one holding her down and the other bending over her leg and grasping it.

On 16 December, 2012 a medical student was raped brutally by six men in a bus and later thrown out on the road. The victim known as 'Nirbhaya' succumbed to her injuries 16 days later. The matter became a sensitive issue with nation wide protests, to bring justice to the family of the victim.

In an inteview with Buzzfeed he denies basing his photo shoot on Nirbhaya. However, he says 'This is in no way meant to glamorize the act, which was very bad,' Shetye told BuzzFeed. 'It’s just a way of throwing light on it.'

'We stay in a society where rich people roam in cars, and poor people who roam in public transport are in danger,' he continued. 'It was my intent to mix these two things which are pretty apart from each other and make aesthetically strong images about it.'

However, his explanations fail to soothe public sentiments. Below are some of the reactions to the photo shoot as well as the photographer's official explanation on Facebook.

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