Trigger Warning: Descriptions of sexual assault and physical violence. Reader caution is advised.
In a country, where millions of women suffer domestic abuse every day, Indian men shamelessly applauding Chris Brown for assaulting Rihanna on social media reveals the ugly truth of our society. It shows how our Indian Men feel it is okay to hit a woman if they tend to say or do things that don’t please them.
Domestic Assault of 2009
In 2009, a night before the Grammy Awards, Chris Brown who was 19 years old at that time, was arrested for assaulting Rihanna, who was 20 years old then. Chris Brown hit Rihanna so profusely that he left her bruised and bleeding. He was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community labor for assaulting Rihanna.
In a documentary that was released in 2017, Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life, Brown said he “felt like a monster” as he talked about the incident.
“I remember she tried to kick me, just like her beating s**t, but then I really hit her. With a closed fist, like I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it I was in shock, I was like, f**k why did I hit her like that?”
Now though Chris Brown, the abuser himself, realized how it was a matter of grave shame. But, not our Indian Men. Our Indian Men yesterday praised Brown for assaulting Rihanna in 2009. Why? Just because her tweet in support of Indian farmers angered them.
This incident is a reflection of how our Indian Men still believe it is okay to assault our daughters just because they showed courage to stand for their views.
Doesn’t matter if you stand against or in favor of Rihanna’s support for farmer’s protest, but if Indian Men have the audacity to cheer Chris Brown for assaulting then just understand what kind of misogynist society we have become! If it doesn’t bother us, doesn’t anger us, then probably we are as much culprit as those shameless men who applauded Chris Brown!