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When Love Turns Into Revenge, Sex Is Pornography

Jilted love, extortion or plain perversion, any of which can turn your filmed private moments to porn

When Love Turns Into Revenge, Sex Is Pornography
Illustration by Sajith Kumar
When Love Turns Into Revenge, Sex Is Pornography
outlookindia.com
2017-07-01T10:53:25+05:30

Kavita Lal, 33, is just back from another long, tiring day at court. A hint of a smile plays on her lips today—it’s been months since that shadow lifted from her face, months since that horrible day when she felt she had been stripped in public. Nothing perhaps will put her back together like she was, before she broke to pieces. Nothing will entirely heal the lesions, except maybe time. But a kind of justice is in sight. After a long-drawn pol­ice investigation, her husband, on the run for months, is finally in custody. The case proceedings have started at the Surajpur District and Sessions Court. Today Kavita can do without her ‘happy pills’, as she calls her anti-­depressant medicines, which she has been on to ever since her ordeal star­ted. Instead, she plans to couch down with the re-runs of her favourite ­Hindi serial, Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi.

Surajpur, if you were wondering, is a small town in Chhattisgarh. Which is a good enough indication of how deep the digital life has seeped into India. And how that essential unreality—of people living their lives more online than ‘off­line’—is affecting real lives. And how it’s melting away old, unwritten codes of how to live decently, which we all breathed in from the air, almost. The crime for which Kavita’s husband is being tried is no ordinary one. It’s something that would render normal human trust impossible. Their most intimate moments together had been recorded. And once they were turned into digital data—almost all human feelings leached from those moments—they became a mere video inventory on a porn site. If you still aren’t mortified, imagine yourself in that situation—your most private moments aired on X-rated sites and soc­ial media platforms like YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp.

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