4 Incidents Where Shows Like Kumkum Bhagya Tackled The Sensitive Topic Of Rape

Lately, TV shows like Kumkum Bhagya, Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega and Tujhse Hai Raabta touched on the subject of rape. Here's how they portrayed it.

1. Priyanka and Rishi On Kumkum Bhagya

In an age of #MeToo and a lot of talk around the subject of believing victims, Indian TV shows have also recently touched this sensitive subject. However, one common, and disturbing, trend seen on all the TV shows has seen women lying or making up false rape cases against men to get what they want.

On Kumkum Bhagya, Priyanka is Rishi’s crazy-ex who tries to rape him in office. When Rishi escapes, Priyanka tries to show that Rishi raped her. In the beginning Rishi is afraid to come forward and admit that he was molested. When he is sent to jail, Rishi is beaten up for trying to rape Priyanka. Pragya claims that Priyanka is lying and releases Rishi.

2. Alisha And Vikrant On Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega

Alisha has a big problem with Guddan. However, things really go out of control when Alisha finds out that Guddan was involved in killing her mother Antara. Alisha hires goons to harass her and then claims that AJ’s friend Vikrant tried to rape her. She faces her family and police as well the media as a victim and only tells Guddan the truth that she is framing Vikrant in a false rape accusation.

3. Swara and Atharv On Tujhse Hai Raabta

On Tujhse Hai Raabta, Atharv who is mentally unstable, is found in the bathroom with Swara. Malhar, who is a police officer and Swara’s sister, finds Atharv and assumes he was misbehaving with her. Malhar assumes Atharv was trying to misbehave with Swara. Asawari, Swara’s mother who had also beaten Swara unconscious, forces her daughter to frame Atharv in the case.

4. Prachi and Sanju on Kumkum Bhagya

On Kumkum Bhagya recently, Prachi is drugged and trapped to be kept in the same bedroom as Sanju – the boy who was stalking her in Hoshiyarpur. He makes her remove his clothes and Prachi’s arch enemy shows what is happening in the bedroom to everyone. As the first real woman victim, Prachi is shamed in front of everyone at the party.

We live in a country where people might take back their claims or claim they lied just to avoid the public scrutiny and long court procedures. While it is important to show how false accusations occur, it is also important to show the more common occurrence of actual rape cases. Watch the movie Aitraaz about a false rape case.