The serial attacks on girls by stalkers are causing serious concern among people in general and parents of girls in particular. In a latest incident, a lovelorn youth stabbed a polytechnic third year girl at Almasguda in Sarurnagar area of Hyderabad on Thursday.
In the last few weeks, hardly a day went by without media reporting one or other of such incidents, including that of acid attacks. Changed social values, along with the high rate of exposure to media are contributing to this possessiveness among youth. Earlier in the decade, the Tollywood churned out a number of so called “youth-oriented” movies which have love as their predominant theme. Wittingly or unwittingly, they inculcated a kind of infatuation in the name of love among them. Increase in overall wealth in society and growing economic freedom led to loosening of rigid social norms in late 2000s.
The young cutting across social divides, have begun to lose their ability to distinguish between reality and hallucinations. What is else the great tool of mass hallucinations other than cinema? Hence the explosion of “youth-oriented” movies since 2,000, beginning with Chitram and Nuvve Kavali. Filmdom cashed in on youth’s insatiable thirst for feel good movies and unending dreams.
Attacks on girls and the role of moviesHero forcing the heroine, by hook or crook, to fall in love with him is the recurrent theme in these movies. The hapless girl has no way and falls in line, despite the despicable stalking like behaviour of the hero, a la in the movie Idiot. Young minds who seldom realise that celluloid is different from the day-to-day reality, wants to emulate the hero in the movie, and began hunt for his prey in his college, office, street or in public places. He cannot accept the fact that girls have parents, they have dreams and above all, in the deep layers of their heart they strongly long for economic and social security for themselves and for their children. The infatuation fired movie and media-induced hallucinations blacks out his power of judgement and prompts him to have his way forcefully. His frustrated reaction may lead to either elimination of the girl or spoiling of her life. From Vijyawada to Warangal to Ongole and now Hyderabad we are witnessing this macabre dance of infatuation and lust.
It is time the all the important actors of the society including media, film industry, writers, advertisers, business sector and educationists realised that values are too and too important to let go of and once we have lost them there is nothing that binds fabric of the civilised society.