As the story got shared on other websites as an accurate report, it was met with criticism in India. On Thursday, Assam’s criminal investigation department registered a suo motu case against the website for posting the defamatory article.
The Indian media also criticized the insensitivity of the satirical article.
People took to Twitter to slam the parody they felt was in poor taste.
I understand spoof & satire but this article crosses the line.Someone should sue the website http://t.co/97yRqLN6VW http://t.co/95WiMDn7qFâ€
Folks at the national report think they’re funny when they’re just offensive - Assam fumes at ‘rape festival’ spoof http://t.co/r3NPfc9TDW
Satire site without sense of humor. RT @NilimDutta: What nonsense is this —-> http://t.co/Hhwcg1VPxU ..Assam Rape Festival?
not sure which is more desi: a website writing unfunny satire about “assam rape festival” or a guy linking it on facebook thinking it’s true
However, at the end of the story, the Indian writer wrote a disclaimer where he criticized National Report’s satire, especially berating them for not putting a disclaimer.
Here’s an excerpt from his disclaimer:
Disclaimer: As you would have guessed this is a fake article. It is a response to this National Report article which says there is an annual mass rape festival in Assam (a state in India). The National Report article is supposed to be satire but it has taken satire way too far and beyond the limits of propriety. Also as you will notice, that article doesn’t anywhere mention it’s satire. I at least have decency to mention that this is fake.
I apologize for everything I have written above. It is despicable and making fun of deaths of innocents is unpardonable. I know that. And believe me when I say that we Indians too were equally shocked an distressed at the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. I think American Gun control laws should be tighter and taking cover behind the garb of the Second Amendment ain’t gonna cut it. I really do not understand why the average American needs any firearms, let alone automatics and snipers.
Similarly, we Indians are ashamed of the crimes against women that happen in India, be it rapes or domestic violence or the general lack of freedom many women face in their daily lives. We want a change in mindset but that doesn’t happen in a day or week or even a year. It takes time. That being said, we have had an woman Prime Minister as well as a woman President. The most powerful person in the country right now is also a woman, Sonia Gandhi. We have had female suffrage ever since independence. We have our problems and we are trying to deal with them.