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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.

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.)

What do you think of the joke about Chris Brown in The Times of India? Let us know in the comments below.

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