MUMBAI: Times Music’s unique new release ‘RishtonKa Vyapaar’, written and sung by actorKaran Oberoi, is an attempt to start a difficult yet important conversation on present-day relationships.
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Oberoi, who is presently out on bail, was arrested on May 5, after a case was registered against him for allegations of rape for falsely promising marriage to a woman. The Bombay High Court observed that the first appearance of the raped charge was ‘suspicious’. Following this, the Mumbai police arrested the 34-year-old woman who had been accused of raping her on charges of alleged criminal conspiracy and filing false information in a second FIR on May 25 about the actor against the case to drop the assault and threat. She was later granted bail
The singer-actor’s arrest led to the rise of the #MenToo movement in the country – and a much-needed public debate for change. Many men and women came forward with their stories of pain and suffering, while social activists highlighted cases of public shaming and ‘gender-biased judgement / laws’.
Now, going a step further, the song ‘Rishton Ka Vyapaar’ features stories of other men who have been falsely accused of crimes. They have not committed and the shame and humiliation they have been forced to bear.
“This song expresses my anguish, pain and catharsis, and the overwhelming need to express my heartfelt emotions backed on the sufferings of people who have met with a similar fate of fake cases. This song is dedicated to all people who have been falsely charged This is one based on justice for all, regardless of gender, because #MenToo for hurt and suffering as painful, “said Oberoi, who features in video.
Oberoi’s case, which indicates the propensity for the possible abuse of the current rape law for blackmail, harassment and to settle scores – increasingly becoming common in instances when relationships end on a sour note – gender neutral laws to a growing clamour avoid fake cases
According to theNational Crime Records Bureau, in 2016, a total of 38,947 rapes were reported in India. Of these, in 10,068 cases – about a quarter – the accusing women claimed it was raped on the false promise of marriage.