To, the Chairman
Central Board for Film Certification
Sub: institute Violence Against Women rating for Indian cinema
It is established that violence on screen and violence in real life are connected. Despite this, there is no rating, no certification, nothing to warn parents or children about violence against women in our cinema.
As a dedicated movie-goer, I stand for free and creative expression, but I do also believe every parent and child has a right to make an informed choice before they view scenes that are violent or degrading to women.
You are in a position to help them make that informed choice. By instituting a Violence Against Women rating for films produced or screened in India, irrespective of language, you will have taken a giant and positive step in the interests of cinema audiences across the country.
I urge you, along with many others like me, to use the powers vested in you to provide a more sensitized rating system to Indian cinema.