Then of men, and the patriarchal mindset during the

Then a few
minutes later a fashion show takes place where the host comments on how women
dress up just for the sake of flaunting there beauty. “ye kaparay to hain sirf
dhaknay k liye tan ko, sun husn dikhanay k bahanay hain”. And how a woman takes
of her ‘pallu’ for wooing men.1

Zeenat Amaan
after winning the fashion contest is seen flaunting hersef in revealing
clothes, and seductive poses, for a photo shoot, while Raj baber stands there
staring at her. The women is being treated as a mere object, for male gaze.2

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Till now
Zeenat Aman’s character have been portrayed as a bold and independent, earning
women. But then all of a sudden we see her as a ‘stereotypical women’, in  red saree, all shy  and head covered, as she visits her lovers
(Deepak) place for marriage proposal. Because that is the constructed image of
a desirable daughter in law, in our society. No parents would want a women,
wearing short or revealing clothes, for their son. 3

Then we come
across the hypocrisy of men, and the patriarchal mindset during the
conversation between Zeenat Amaan and her lover in car. Where Zeenat Amman is
ordered by Deepak, who had been hosting her events, and presenting her in front
of audience,to quit her job and do house chores after marriage.”tum shaadi k
baad kaam nahee karogi, khaaana banaogi, ghar k kaam karogi aur bacchon ka
khayaal rakhogi.” And she without any argument agrees to it. Because a wife is
expected to confide in whatever his husband says.4

aspect of patriarchal mindset and the helplessness of women is portrayed, when
Babar rapes Zeenat Amaan, just because she unconsciously keeps on ignoring him
and giving attention to his boyfriend, and he could not bear this insult.
“Tumney, party mai mera bara hua haath chor k, apnay aashiq ka haath thaam
liya”, is what he has to say before committing the hideous crime.

After Zeenat
Amaan decides on getting ‘insaaf’ (justice) for herself by reporting the case,
she is told by the lawyer not to because ‘rape ka case larna, bhari adalat mai
aik aur rape ka samna karnay k barabar hai’.5

The victim’s
struggle is then portrayed, after she looses the case in court 6
due to lack of evidence. True to Zeenat Amaan’s lawyer’s word she is subjected
to all sorts of humiliating questions, from her dressing before the rape, and
providing proof that she was raped and is accused of luring Babar to bed and
trying to cover the incident. The various pictures of both of them enjoying
each other’s company was enough to objectify her, and convince the judge that
she was lying.

Both Chup
Raho and Insaaf ka Tarazu dealt with the same topic of rape. But we see a
contrast between both, Chup Raho portrayed the thought and intention of the
perpetrators while Insaaf ka Tarazu focused on the struggle of the victim.

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