By Atrocity or outrage literature can be defined as material—including written, audio and video—produced by the global Feminist network that highlights and exaggerates historical, social, political, ideological and other fault lines and events in countries with the deliberate aims to show:-
- These countries are backward, regressive.
- That in these countries women are in perpetual state of oppression.
- Only Feminist have the means to end such oppression and rescue these societies.
- That there is a need for political intervention by external powers.
Atrocity literature is characterized by generalization and extrapolation, without context or evidence. It is a useful tool in the hand of feminist to pummel countries. It is the old tactic of declaring a dog to be rabid and then shooting it. Atrocity Literature has been used by Feminist to make a case for wanton intervention in countries aided by treaties like CEDAW.
The history of atrocity literature in India can be traced to the British. In 1927 Katherine Mayo wrote the book “Mother India” against the backdrop of Indian demands for self-rule and independence from British rule. The book attacks Indian society, religion and culture. The book pointed to the treatment of India’s women, the untouchables, animals, dirt, and the character of its nationalistic politicians. Mayo singled out the allegedly rampant and fatally weakening sexuality of its males to be at the core of all problems, leading to masturbation, rape, homosexuality, prostitution, venereal diseases, and, most importantly, premature sexual intercourse and maternity. The book created an outrage across India, and it was burned along with her effigy.