On Tuesday, the Indian Film Industry Association (IGIA) held its first annual meeting at the Mumbai International Film Festival, with some of the industry’s most influential voices sharing their experiences of rape and violence in the country.
Among those present was the Oscar-nominated film director Prakash Kapoor, who said that he was assaulted twice during his career.
“I was in the process of making an indian movie in 1992 and I was working on a script for a small film called A Panchak (that is) about a farmer’s wife.
I was doing a day shoot for a TV channel, and a few days later I was on a train and a man, who looked like a police officer, came up to me and started raping me.
I fought him off, but he continued to try and get me to say that I had no memory of what happened, and when I asked him to stop he grabbed me by the throat, threw me down and pushed me into the track and started beating me.
He raped me, but I was able to say nothing and when the police arrived I just kept crying.
When I finally got to a police station and I gave them my statement, I was told that the case had been closed and the case against me was dropped.
I got to go to jail, and I still remember being thrown out, but when I was released I was in shock and I started to feel really sad because I didn’t want to have to live in a place like that ever again.
I never want to see it again.”
When we are not being assaulted, we are fighting back and protecting ourselves against it, Kapoor said.
I think that it has a huge impact on our psyche, and our psyche is affected by it, he added.
The director and many others in the industry also shared their experiences from rape and other violence.
One woman, a woman who wished to remain anonymous, said that her husband had raped her twice.
“My husband used to rape me.
Once in 1992.
He beat me in front of my children and told them that I would die if they ever spoke about it.
He also said that I must go to the police and get them arrested,” she said.
Another woman, who was abused by her husband, said she was raped by her brother, who had no criminal record.
“He took advantage of me and beat me, and that’s why I had to flee the country,” she told Al Jazeera.
“It took me six months to go and tell the police.
He was arrested the next day, but then he was released.
I went to the court and I told them about what happened.
The judge gave him bail but he was never brought to justice.
My husband was convicted and jailed, and there was no trial.”
Al Jazeera spoke to some of those who were affected by violence against women, as well as the survivors of rape.
Some women spoke about how they were forced to have abortions in the past, or the death of their children.
Another survivor said that she was abused and forced to marry her rapist, who also abused her children.
“I was raped twice, and the first time he gave me a belt with a string tied around my neck.
I don’t remember what happened to the second time.
The second time, he raped me again.
He took me to a nearby hospital, where he raped my mother, who died before I was even born.
It was very difficult to go through with this because I was afraid of him,” she recalled.
While the women who spoke to Al Jazeera said they were not physically or sexually assaulted, they said that they often faced the stigma that comes with being a victim of domestic violence.
“Even when we talk about domestic violence, we often don’t feel comfortable talking about it because the stigma and the silence is still there.
It affects us,” said Naveen.
“People will say to us, ‘You’re a woman, but you’re not a victim’.
But I’m not a woman.
I’m a victim.”
Naveen said that it was important to remember that women have not always been the victims of violence.
“Women are always the victims,” she added.
“We are all victims.
If women were raped by men, then that would be an abuse.
We should always remember that.”