The Rise of Communal Porn: What the Kathua Girl Search Says About Us

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The Rise of Communal Porn: What the Kathua Girl Search Says About Us

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he nation was boiling over with outrage over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. A stone’s throw from my cosy apartment in Mumbai’s Santacruz, people were chanting slogans, taking out marches, holding candlelight vigils. But why waste your hard- earned Sunday on a protest? You’d rather do something “productive” – like watching porn in the comfort of your air-conditioned room.

That’s what India – at least a large section of it – did. In fact, the eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped in a temple in Kathua, became the top trending search on XVidoes, a popular porn website. As awful as it sounds, people, I assume, were searching for the rape video of the girl.

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