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Insaf Ka Tarazu (1980)

  • Release Date11/11/1980
  • GenreSocial
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time146 min
  • Length3966.95 meters
  • Number of Reels15
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingA
  • Censor Certificate Number4807
  • Certificate Date25/10/1980

Insaf Ka Tarazu tackles the social and legal aspects of rape—which is becoming a big social evil today and a burning topic in the country.

A woman regards sex as her most sacred confine. She feels pride and ecstasy when she willingly gives herself to the man she loves or the man she marries. She feels no shame in upholding a sexual union arising from deep emotional ties and takes heavenly delight in it.

But when this sacred aspect of hers is invaded with brutal force or, in other words, when she is raped by some vicious brute, she feels only a blind and murderous rage towards the rapist. She loses dignity in her own eyes; she thinks she has become unclean, unworthy of love.

To vindicate her honour in public she knocks at the doors of the court, only to find herself entangled in the jugglery of law which looks on her plight without emotion. Law wants evidence from the victim which she is not able to provide.

Can there be any sufficiently reliable evidence in a rape case? Would a rapist succeed in his demonic assault if there were evidences around to convict him?

So this woman who comes to seek justice is ‘raped’ again in the court by the brutal and slashing attack of the defending lawyer who can turn truth into falsehood by his fiery onslaughts, with the result that more often than not, the victim draws a blank at the doors of the law and comes into society with a mark on her forehead and a stain on her good name.

‘Insaf Ka Tarazu’ is the story of one such girl who is branded an outcast by society. She loses her love, her marriage to the man of her choice. She loses even her job. She has to face the world as a beaten and frustrated human being.

This is the theme of “Insaf Ka Tarazu”—the story of a social injustice that is agitating whole country today.

(From the official press booklet)



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