Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has blamed movies for the increase of violence against women and urged the film industry to portray women in a better light.
“We have very important reason why men believe they can get away or they indulge in violence against women and that is films. If you look at films, which is a way to communicate messages, you will find romance almost always starts with eve-teasing. The man and friends will surround a woman, be mean to her trip her up, show her down, abuse her, touch her inappropriately and slowly she falls in love with him,” Gandhi said while speaking at Goa Fest on Friday.
She also listed the indecent representation of women in Bollywood and regional movies as the reason for the violence against women.
Gandhi further added that powerlessness and frustration of a man also lead to violence against women.