Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Joke about Chris Brown beating women appears in Times of India

Who thinks a joke about violence against women is funny?

It appears the editors of the Delhi edition of the Times of India do. In the paper with the largest English-language circulation in the world, a joke appeared this morning about singer Chris Brown’s infamous assault charges:

( Anna Barry-Jester )

Bizarre, indeed.

In 2009, Brown was arrested and charged with felony battery for beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna the night before the Grammy Awards. Neither artist showed up for the ceremony.

Three years later, Brown and Rihanna will be at the Grammy’s — only Brown won’t be allowed closer than 10 yards to Rihanna, due to a restraining order.

Singer Chris Brown.
Many of Brown’s fans in the United.States have now forgiven him, (one fan recently told NPR: “He's kind of what we would like our boyfriends to model after”), and 2011 has been the best year ever for the musician, at least musically. This was the first year his album appeared at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

But even if the incident has been forgiven, some Times of India readers say joking about it is a step too far.

“Is this ‘joke’ in Delhi Times really about beating women, in country where 1/3 will experience physical violence?”Anna Barry-Jester, a photographer based in New Delhi, wrote on Twitter. “And where 1/10 women will experience sexual violence?”

Others didn’t think it was a big deal. “It is just a joke,” Ashish Mishra, a Forbes India reporter, wrote on Twitter.

According to the latest report by India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a crime is recorded against women every three minutes in the country. Every 60 minutes, two women are raped. And every six hours, a married woman is found either beaten to death, burned or driven to suicide.

Update: An Indian journalist sent BlogPost another joke that recently appeared in the Times of India featuring a racial slur used to describe black people. (Warning: Contains offensive material.)

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