The woman who accused singer-actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion and who was caught staging a physical attack on herself to minimize Oberoi’s chances of getting bail, is out on bail within hours of her arrest.
This again raises the question of the inequalities within the legal system between men and women in laws pertaining to sexual crimes.
On hearing of his accuser’s release Karan Oberoi says, “I just don’t even know how to react ! It feels so strange that I was put immediately behind bars despite having an overwhelming evidence of my innocence and here despite the overwhelming evidence of guilt against the person concerned, the authorities didn’t even feel the need to hold them to question about it.”
Karan says the bias in the law to favour women is frightening. “We speak of hundreds of years of patriarchy that has fostered gender inequality. But we cannot compensate for the wrong done to women by over-empowering them with legal rights.In trying to be fair to women we are turning a section of them into vendetta machines.”
Karan , his friend Pooja Bedi and like-minded who have triggered off the MenToo movement are all set for a long battle against gender inequality embedded the laws of the land. “Every woman who does what this lady did to me needs to be deterred by stronger laws and bigger possibilities of conviction when found to have filed a false case.We are filing all the necessary charges through my lawyer. We’ve sent out letters to all the relevant cabinet ministers and law makers regarding our concerns in the preferential treatment given to women in gender laws.”
Karan wonders what would happen if the tables were reversed. “Just imagine if a man had staged an attack on himself to prove a woman guilty, what would the outcome have been. He would be locked up indefinitely.That is the bizarre dichotomy of the country’s laws which needs to be changed , the sooner the better. We have taken on the battle to rectify the imbalance in laws pertaining to gender-related crimes.We will take this fight to its logical conclusion.”
Karan says it will take him a long time to get over the prison experience. “I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I sometimes break down for no reason at all .I am gradually getting to realize that the journey back to normalcy would be complex and slow. But one is at it. I am not slowing down the momentum for the MenToo movement even for a moment. I am sure karma and the immense love and support that MenToo is getting will see justice prevail. No man should have to go through what I did for no fault at all.”
Karan confesses his biggest mistake was to befriend women on social media. “I admit to my guilt as far as going on Tinder is concerned. I urge all men to be extremely cautious while making friends on social media. You don’t know what you’re getting into.”