Actress Richa Chadha has raised concerns over the lack of strict laws for rape cases in India.
“There are myriad problems in India when it comes to reporting gender crimes. The statistic is worrying that rape cases often don’t get reported because of the social stigma attached to rape,” she said. “There needs to be a multifaceted approach to fix this so we need to fix this on multiple levels. The society needs to be more aware. One wonders why cops are reluctant to register an FIR. No law is made without context so after the Nirbhaya rape case there were amendments to the clauses of rape law. But to what extent is it followed and implemented is crucial to determine how successful rape law is. The conviction rate of rape in India is fairly high contrary to popular belief.”
Chadha will be seen playing the role of a public prosecutor in the upcoming film ‘Section 375’. In the movie, she will fight to get justice for her client, who claims she was raped by a filmmaker (played by Rahul Bhatt), who is defended by Akshaye Khanna’s character in court.
For ‘Section 375’, Chadha says she did “extensive research”.
“It has to start with wearing black and white, and turning up with tied hair neatly. Female lawyers dress plainly to not attract attention, in order to be taken more seriously. Mentally, I did extensive research and [director] Ajay Bahl had a lot of material on reported versus unreported rape cases. The UN women foundation material was available for reading, and some great women lawyers guided me on how to approach cases of sexual violence. I met private defence lawyers and public prosecutors, and I was surprised to read so much about gender violence in the country,” said Chadha.
‘Section 375’ will release on September 13 in India.