Has cinema contributed to the increasing crimes against women?

By Hindustan Times

As outrage over the Delhi rape case builds, people are asking why women are such big targets for crime. Many factors go into creating social mindsets, including popular culture. Since cinema is the most influential popular culture medium in India, we asked Bollywood one question...

“…Then, of course, there’s our entertainment, our television and our films, which often portray the ideal woman just like our mothers, perfect cooks and virginal beauties. And for sexual relief we are served the ‘item’ girl, shown as property bought to entertain and satisfy men’s sexual urges… Where is the woman who goes to work, shares a place with her boyfriend, takes public transport and goes for a drink or a movie on the weeke