Last week, Raj Shetye, a photographer from Mumbai released a photo series called The Wrong Turn. The fashion editorial features a beautiful women on a bus with a group of men. While the basis of the shoot sounds innocent enough, the photos have caused quite a stir on the internet due to its eerie resemblance to the New Delhi gang rape of December 2012.

glamourizing rape  
glamourizing rape

Shetye was quick to defend himself and has already spoken to individuals at The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed about the fashion editorial. Shetye states that the photos were not meant to reflect ‘Nirbhaya’ – a pseudonym that was given to the victim which means “fearless” in Hindi – but to raise awareness about female safety issues in India. “It’s a self-inspired photo shoot to highlight certain social conflicts a woman in India, rich or poor, faces,” Shetye told The Huffington Post. “The idea was to capture my staunch views about women’s rights through a bold medium that will appeal to people.”

glamourizing rape  
glamourizing rape

Many people were outraged by Shetye’s photo series and took to social media to criticize his work.

 


 

 
Shetye told Buzzfeed that the photo shoot was “in no way meant to glamorize the act, which was very bad,” and that the true message of the shoot is that “it doesn’t matter who the girl is it doesn’t depend on which class class she belonged in – [rape] can happen to anyone.” See Shetye’s alleged response to the controversy below.

 

 Do you think Shetye was glamourizing rape in his photo shoot?

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