A new trend has taken hold in Chapasthan, which has seen multiple accusations of sexual assault against powerful, politically connected individuals so that the so-called victims can learn of their entire history and background and have old memories unearthed.
The trend started after Famous Person (FP) accused Rich Political Person (RPP) of trying to rape her and the entire country of Chapasthan went up in arms.
From Facebook commenters, television news channels, to actual members of parliament -- everyone was talking about the incident that allegedly took place at an alleged club, but definitely at midnight. The FP had accused the RPP, who is also a CIP and member of a political party and former chief head hadom of a club, of forcing her to drink alcohol, physically assaulting her, and then trying to rape her.
She was victim-blamed, of course, but that's not the point. Part of the victim-blaming was television channels digging up old footage of her going to another club, this too after hours (as all victims do) and (out of frame, but definitely her) throwing plates, glasses and ashtrays when told she would not be served drinks.
"That is why I was trying to make her drink when she arrived at my club. That was after hours too, but as she was an FP, I made a special consideration," the RPP said while sipping a glass of coloured water in his air-conditioned jail cell, from which he was soon released following impassioned parliament speeches from his party colleagues proclaiming his decency.
"Oh, I was also protecting the bottles of imported liquor, because she was trying to steal them. I may have pushed her then, and beaten up her gay companion and made him dance," there were good-natured guffaws from behind the camera when the RPP said this.
Soon, it was not just footage of the FP going to clubs, but pictures and footage started surfacing of her childhood, in which she was seen crying at her 12th birthday party and, going further back, throwing toys out of her pram in a rage when she was one-and-a-half years old. There was also an interview of her best friend during her teen years, who accused her of being a spoilt brat. In another interview her sister said that the FP had once stolen her ice cream and threw it out the window.
"I would have forgiven her if she had eaten it, but she did it just to spite me," her sister said.
From all of this the court of public opinion built a case against her which said that her blubbering press conference was just following a pattern of behaviour that had been well established.
Among this digging of her past to prove that actual sexual assault could never take place in a pious society such as Chapasthan's, a lot of old pictures surfaced, for which her family was very thankful. Family holidays were retraced in minute detail, special attention given to the Western countries they visited.
Following this, anyone who has lost memories or wants to find out about their past started accusing powerful persons of sexual assault.
"I had to apply for university but couldn't find my birth certificate," said Aparna. "So, I accused a bureaucrat of trying to rape me."
Soon enough, Aparna had her birth certificate and pictures of her staying out on the rooftop past sundown resurfacing.
Another woman, who wished to remain anonymous (not for long, eh?) accused another powerful man (anonymous) of rape.
After showing pictures of her wearing a sleeveless salwar kameez and a selfie where she was seen posing with three men during what seemed like an office party, she was asked what records she was seeking to unearth.
"Nothing, I am actually saying that (bleep bleep) raped me," Salma said, and we ended our interview, promising to find her high school graduation certificate soon.