Singer and actor Karan Oberoi recently wrote and sung Times Music's exclusive new release 'Rishton Ka Vyapar.' This was nothing less than an attempt of starting a difficult yet important conversation on present-day relationships.
Oberoi was recently out on bail but was arrested after a case was filed against him on allegations of rape for falsely promising marriage to a woman on May 5. After the Bombay High Court observed that prima facie the rape charge appeared 'doubtful,' Oberoi was granted bail on June 7.
He always denied the charges, and following this, the Mumbai police arrested the 34-year old woman who had accused him of rape on charges of alleged criminal conspiracy, and also for filing false information in a second FIR on May 25 about an assault and threat received to drop the case against the actor. However, she was later granted bail.
This incident of a singer-actor arrest led to the rise of a much-needed public debate for change as well as the #MenToo movement in the country. Several women and men came forward with their stories of pain and suffering, while social activists highlighted cases of public shaming and 'gender-biased judgment/laws.’
Now, talking about the song 'Rishton Ka Vyapar,' it features stories of other men who have been falsely accused of crimes they have not committed and the humiliation and shame they have been forced to bear.
Oberoi, who features in the video, said,
“This song expresses my anguish, pain and catharsis, and the overwhelming need to express my heartfelt emotions backed on the sufferings of people who have met with a similar fate of fake cases. This song is dedicated to all the people who have been falsely accused, where the laws are being manipulated to settle scores, agendas and are lead by vendetta. This one is based on justice for all, irrespective of gender, because hurt and suffering is as painful for #MenToo.”This case of Oberoi shows that when relationships end on a sour note, the propensity for possible misuse of the current rape law for blackmail, harassment and to settle scores -- increasingly becoming common. Also, it led to increasing attention towards gender-neutral laws to avoid fake claims.
Based on the reports by the National Crime Records Bureau, a total of 38,947 rape cases were reported in India in 2016. Of these, about a quarter (10,068) cases, the accusing women alleged that it was rape on the false promise of marriage.
Listen to the Song Here: