Recent string of Indian rapes has Sunny Leone and her porn career in the crosshairs
Recently, a five year old girl was kidnapped and brutally gang-raped in India. And while the attackers were in no way connected to Sunny Leone, that hasn’t stopped the porn and Bollywood star from being accused of helping to inspire the attack. Because Leone is a well-known former pornstar, and the men who kidnapped and raped the girl reportedly watched online porn right before they committed the crime, some are trying to make Sunny Leone a villain in this story. Additionally, the crime is being held up as an example of why porn should be banned in India.
There have been several high-profile rape cases in India recently. With this latest attack on a five year old girl, the country has become understandably outraged. As that public rage, confusion, and frustration has steadily increased, some are looking for a “root cause” to make sense of these horrible crimes. As a result, some have decided to focus on the porn industry in general, and Sunny Leone specifically. To quote from an article appearing over at News.com.au…
While her past pursuits have been no barrier, being linked to India’s rape crisis represents a new challenge.
As India casts around for reasons to explain a series of horrifying sex crimes, the latest being the kidnap and brutal rape of a five-year-old girl, pornography is under scrutiny and has led some to call for Leone to be jailed.
Recent events have galvanised anti-porn campaigners after it was revealed, via unnamed police officers quoted in local newspapers, that the suspects in the rape of the five-year-old had watched explicit material before the crime.
To put things in perspective, Indian law outlaws the production or distribution of pornographic material. Additionally, Sunny Leone – though a well known as a pornstar and former Penthouse Pet – has been focused on growing her Bollywood career in India. While she does take many racy roles that are too controversial for many other Indian actresses, she isn’t making porn over in India. Nor is she promoting it or selling it.
In responding to those who are trying to blame her and the porn industry for the recent rape crimes, Sunny Leone had this to say…
Pornography is not for people who think it’s for real. It’s fantasy and it’s entertainment. It’s complete nonsense to blame rape on adult material out there. Education starts at home. It’s mums and dads sitting with their children and teaching them what is right and wrong.
I understand why the people of India are so outraged over these crimes. They should be and, really, who wouldn’t? That being said, trying to blame either Sunny Leone or the porn industry for having anything to do with these rapes is non-sense. And, yes, it’s a cowardly alternative to actually taking a hard – and uncomfortable – look at how women and girls are treated by Indian society and especially the Indian legal system. Additionally, its insulting to the victims of these crimes to try and shift one ounce of the blame or responsibility for these crimes to anyone other than the criminals who committed the rape.
Of all the things Indian politicians, lawyers, and activists could be trying to address in the wake of these sex crimes, banning porn or vilifying innocent former-pornstars shouldn’t even be on the list. Grow up, India.