Fashion photos that recreated fatal 2012 Delhi gang rape sparks outrage

Published: August 5, 2014

The Wrong Turn photo series depicts a fashionably dressed woman fending off men’s advances on a bus.

Mymbai fashion shoot Wrong Turn

Mumbai photographer Raj Shetye’s fashion shoot that has a reference to the gruesome Delhi gang-rape incident has sparked outrage on social media. (This photo from model-actor Jitin Gulati’s profile on Behance has now been removed.)

VANCOUVER DESI

A Mumbai-based photographer has removed photos of a recent fashion shoot after outrage was expressed online over the series’ similarities to Delhi’s Dec. 16 2012 fatal gang rape.

According to Buzzfeed, Raj Shetye released his photo series The Wrong Turn last week, which depicts an extravagantly dressed Indian woman who appears to be fending off the advances of several men while aboard a bus.

While Shetye initially seemed to defend his work to Buzzfeed, claiming the shoot was not based on the Delhi gang rape, in which a 23-year-old woman – now referred to as ‘Nirbhaya’ – was brutally gang raped and beaten with an iron rod on a moving bus, social media users took to Twitter to express their outrage.

On Tuesday Amrita Puri tweeted: “Rape is not inspiration for a fashion shoot. I don’t know what the photographer was thinking doing an editorial shoot inspired by ‘Nirbhaya.”’

”Nirbhaya rape inspired fashion shoot?! What?! A new low in intellect levels. Find the moron (and) slap him,” another posted.

As of Tuesday, the photo series seems to have been removed from Shetye’s website and various online accounts and one of the models, Jitin Gulati, apologized via Twitter.

“This test shoot was done by Mr. Raj Shetge and the brief and intention was not even remotely to glorify an intolerable act like ‘rape,’” Gulati posted. “I have removed these pictures from all public platform and the photographer has done the same. I sincerely apologize (sic) if this has hurt anyone’s sentiments.”

However, in the initial BuzzFeed interview, Shetye denied attempting to depict the scene of Nirbhaya’s death.

“It is not based on Nirbhaya,” he told BuzzFeed. “But being a part of society and being a photographer, that topic moves me from inside.”

“The only medium I can communicate in is photos. For me, it’s as simple as that. It’s art. Making movies, writing articles, making a poem — these are all ways of addressing the topic. Being a fashion photographer, this is what I can do best.”

Shetye insisted that his series was in “no way meant to glamorize the act, which was very bad.”

“It’s just a way of throwing light on it,” he told BuzzFeed.

According to BuzzFeed, he claims to have come up with the idea two years ago, but it took him months to create because he “didn’t want to create something irresponsible.”

“The concept is my baby … and the aim is to create art that will gather some reaction in society,” he said. “The message I would like to give is that it doesn’t matter who the girl is …It doesn’t depend on which class she belonged in — it can happen to anyone.”

He also admit that after posting the work he got a lot of reaction on social media.

“It makes me feel satisfied about my work — at least the work I did is so impactful that I’m able to shed some light on this,” he told BuzzFeed. “I don’t feel happy, but it makes me feel satisfied. That whatever I’ve tried to communicate is being communicated.”

Related Stories:



Tags: , , , , , , , , ,





Featured

Dr Cabbie

Indo Canadian comedy Dr. Cabbie making its way to the small screen

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI This year’s Indo Canadian box-office hit comedy Dr. Cabbie is making its way to the small screen. Toronto-based Entertainment One, alongside…
Continue Reading »

desi fun food collectibles

Surrey Night Market will be ‘bigger and better’ in 2015, say organizers

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI The Surrey Night Market is set to return for its second season next spring “bigger and better” than its inaugural year,…
Continue Reading »

Surrey Food Bank-forensics

Surrey woman makes career switch from forensics to food bank

AMY REID SURREY NOW  WHALLEY — With a masters in bioethics and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, Feezah Jaffer never imagined her landing spot would…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Dr Cabbie

Indo Canadian comedy Dr. Cabbie making its way to the small screen

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI This year’s Indo Canadian box-office hit comedy Dr. Cabbie is making its way to the small screen. Toronto-based Entertainment One, alongside…
Continue Reading »

desi fun food collectibles

Surrey Night Market will be ‘bigger and better’ in 2015, say organizers

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI The Surrey Night Market is set to return for its second season next spring “bigger and better” than its inaugural year,…
Continue Reading »

Surrey Food Bank-forensics

Surrey woman makes career switch from forensics to food bank

AMY REID SURREY NOW  WHALLEY — With a masters in bioethics and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, Feezah Jaffer never imagined her landing spot would…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Avoiding relapse, inviting happiness over the Holiday Season

NIRMALA RANIGA VANCOUVER DESI The holiday season can be an especially challenging time for individuals in recovery from addictive behaviours. Holiday parties and celebrations with…
Continue Reading »

Miss World

Bikini round removed from Miss World pageant

IANS London – The Miss World contest, which has been an annual feature since 1951, will no longer feature a swimsuit round in their competition,…
Continue Reading »

sexi desi babes

Gallery: Wait for India’s Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2015 is almost over

VANCOUVER DESI The Hunt for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2015 is almost over. An Indian lifestyle channel will air the grand finale of the reality…
Continue Reading »

Taliban attack

Pakistani student who skipped school on the day of Taliban rampage ‘isn’t talking to anyone’

VANCOUVER DESI A 15-year-old student of Pakistan’s Army Public School  – which was bombed by the Taliban this week, killing 141 people, of which 132…
Continue Reading »

Sikhs to quit Trudeau's Liberals

Sikhs ‘across Canada’ to jump Trudeau ship

Nominations issue: ‘We are not Liberals, that’s for sure,’ says general secretary of Vancouver temple LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI A large group of Sikhs in…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Priyanka Chopra

Gallery: Stars come together for another big fat Bollywood wedding

VANCOUVER DESI After Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan’s wedding with businessman Aayush Sharma last month, Bollywood stars gathered for another high-profile Bollywood wedding that turned…
Continue Reading »

BOLLYWOOD

Film Review: Aamir Khan’s PK unconventionally outstanding

TROY REBEIRO IANS Film: “PK”; Cast: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Saurabh Shukla, Boman Irani, Parikshat Shahni; Director: Rajkumar Hirani; Rating: *** 1/2…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood jodis-ex lovers

Bollywood’s ex-flames Shahid Kapoor, Kareena to work together in ‘Udta Punjab’?

IANS Mumbai – Actor Shahid Kapoor, who once dated actress Kareena Kapoor, has said that he has never refused to work with the latter and…
Continue Reading »