The film is inspired by the Badaun gang rape and murder case of 2014 where two teenage girls of ‘lower’ caste were found handing from a tree after being raped. Initital investigations concluded that the girls were raped and they died from strangulation from being tied to the tree alive. However, CBI later said there was no sexual assault and termed it a “suicide.” The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court rejected CBI investigation report. The victim’s family and others have charged that the local police attempted a cover-up of the incident due to the lower status of the family.
The movie’s trailer, released earlier in May, showed two young girls of a village brutally raped and murdered. The girls’ bodies were shown hanging from a tree. The film shows the victims’ families as marganalised and forced to work as workers and their daughters are targeted because they demanded a pay raise of Rs 3 in their daily wages. Following the trailer release, the Brahmin community has protested believing that the movie depicts them in bad light.
Article 15 sheds light on the caste equations prevalent in the area – the movie is based on the subject of the discrimination itself. Here's a quick look at the Article 15 in place since Dr BR Ambedkar drafted the Indian Constitution.
(1) The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.
(2) No citizen shall, on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them, be subject to any disability, liability, restriction or condition with regard to
(a) access to shops, public restaurants, hotels and places of public entertainment; or
(b) the use of wells, tanks, bathing ghats, roads and places of public resort maintained wholly or partly out of State funds or dedicated to the use of the general public.
(3) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children.
(4) Nothing in this article or in clause (2) of article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.
(5) Nothing in this article or in sub-clause (g) of clause (1) of article 19 shall prevent the State from making any special provision, by law, for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes in so far as such special provisions relate to their admission to educational institutions including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the State, other than the minority educational institutions referred to in clause (1) of article 30.
The movie co-stars Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Nassar, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Shubrajyoti Bharat, Ronjini Chakraborty and Zeeshan Ayyub. Article 15 will hit the theaters on June 28.