Indian women have had enough of a bodybuilding industry that has become a breeding ground for the most violent, depraved and perverted of the “dirty old boys” in society, according to an online report.
A study published on Friday said the “bodybuilding” industry is “a breeding ground” for sex trafficking, murder and gang rape, and that the “biggest problem” facing the industry is a lack of government regulation and supervision.
The study by the International Women’s Media Center (IWMC), which works to protect the rights of women and girls in the global media industry, found that over the past 15 years, more than 40% of the women in the industry have been victims of sexual assault, while 30% of women in a 2015 survey were sexually assaulted while working as models or other models.
The report said the industry “can’t solve its own problem of rape culture,” as “women have no control over their bodies,” and the industry’s lack of oversight and regulation is responsible for the growing epidemic of sexual violence in the sport.
“The industry needs to take a hard look at itself and take the necessary measures to prevent sexual violence, which is the root of the problem,” said IWMC Director Sarah Leah Whitson in a statement.
According to the IWM report, a study of more than 1,000 Indian women in 2016 revealed that nearly one in five Indian women have been raped while working in the modeling industry.
Indian men are also sexually exploited, with women being subjected to “male chauvinism” and “male dominance” in the entertainment industry, according the report.
The “big-time” bodybuilder community has also become a haven for gang rapes and sexual assaults, the report said.
A report released earlier this year found that in India, the number of gang rapes rose to nearly 2,500 per year in 2015.IWM also found that the Indian government failed to provide adequate protection for model and bodybuilding professionals, and the Indian police often do not have sufficient resources to investigate rape or assault allegations.
The IWMA said the country’s “failure to provide protection for the profession is a major public health issue.”
The report also called on India to make it easier for models and bodybuilders to seek asylum in other countries.
The Indian government has been criticized for not doing enough to protect models and their rights, and is now considering creating a special unit to protect women working in India.