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Echoes of Silence in a Cultural Vacuum: Study of Child Abuse in Select Hindi Cinema

Indian Journal of Sustainable Development

Volume 4 Issue 1

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Suman Rathore, Supriya Agarwal | Author(s) Affiliation: Research Scholar, Department of English, Central University of Rajasthan, Rajasthan, India.
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Abstract

Child sexual abuse is a troubling and perplexing problem in any society. With reference to Indian social and cultural system it becomes even more disturbing because of the cultural vacuum around the same. The lack of terminology and unknowingness forces a child to succumb to silence. The article attempts to explore the evolving image of women’s representation in mainstream Indian cinema with reference to child abuse. The present paper has emphasized the need for a change in the belief system while discussing the struggle of women who survived child sexual abuse as it’s shown in the films. Highway and Kahani2 have been used as the primary source as the strong women characters portrayed in these films reflect changing mainstream Hindi cinema. The conclusion portrays the need to reason the disabling aspects of social and cultural belief system and their role in the development of a healthy society.

Keywords: Silence, Child Sexual Abuse, Films, Women, Trauma, Socio-Cultural, Reputation, Fragmentation

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