Want to Rebel? Then Abuse Women

Films, Politics

In a bizarre twist to the insurgency in Northeastern India, the BBC reports:

Rebels in India’s north-eastern state of Tripura are making pornographic films to raise money for their separatist campaign.

This phenomenon seems to have been around for just a couple of years. It seems these films are dubbed in Bengali, Burmese, Thai and Hindi. I wonder if it has anything to do with horrible incidents like the murder of the two women in broad daylight in Bombay. Not to say that porn causes violence, but Northeastern women occupy a peculiar place in mainstream India, and I am sure porn made under coercive circumstances does nothing to help that.

Tribal women in the northeast, have been the target of abuse for a long time, and not only from the insurgents (BBC). Society in the northeast is much less sexist than the rest of India, and the abuse of women used to be rare. So these reports of violence by rebel outfits are very disturbing. The NLFT (National Liberation Front of Tripura) had started recruiting more women, when their reputation for sexual abuse got out of hand, but stopped when some of their recruits developed relationships and wanted to drop out and lead normal lives. So now they are back to oppressing them.

The rebels may have legitimate grievances, but once they make the bodies of innocent people their battleground, they lose any moral right to address those grievances. Why is that so difficult to understand?