Why do the onlookers continue to be passive?

Dont be a mannequin After Bengaluru molestation incidents this video hits right where it hurts Screenshot
Social Gender Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 13:22

As 2016 drew to a close, many of us couldn't wait for the year to end. Losing industry pioneers, celebrities and seeing a certain president elect come to power couldn't have been easy. 

But one thing 2016 didn't take away (and we wish it did) was patriarchy. And it raised its ugly head yet again when the women who were allegedly molested in Bengaluru on New Year's Eve were questioned for being there in the first place.

And here's the question that continues to crop up in cases of public gender-based violence though: why do onlookers, even when they outnumber the perpetrators, continue to be passive? Why do they continue to be as oblivious and as mute as... mannequins?

This video, posted by Indian ad agency Autumn, takes a spin on the popular mannequin challenge, and tells spectators to not be passive.

Watch it here:

The video was posted on Wednesday and has been shared widely over 11,000 times on Facebook. 

It features a girl being harassed by two men as people around them stand stock still and busy in their own worlds, like mannequins. 

The girl then holds up placards saying that on New Year's Eve, of the 60,000 people present on Brigade road, and possibly 1,000 were molesters. But the remaining 59,000 were mannequins.

The video ends with the message: Don't be a mannequin.

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