It’s been a bad week for Denmark in the international press, following Amnesty International’s damning report on the country’s record on rape.
But Politiken, the country’s most respected and prestigious broadsheet – a regular winner of international awards – isn’t taking the matter too seriously.
And once again, being Denmark, a cartoon is at the centre of the controversy.
Let’s go on holiday to rape
In its Kultur section today, it has run a A4-size cartoon depicting a group of four Indian men reading about the Amnesty International report.
“Amnesty: Denmark has a pervasive rape culture,” is the headline on the newspaper India Today that one of them is holding – a claim favoured by Britain’s The Daily Mail, CNN and The Washing Post, amongst others yesterday.
One of the Indian men suggests to his friends: “What about a trip to Denmark?”
The caption at the bottom of the cartoon then reads: “Ifølge Amnesty International har Danmark en udbredt voldtægtskultur” – ‘according to Amnesty International Danmark has a pervasive rape culture’.
Part of International Women’s Day coverage
The drawing has been submitted by the cartoonist Mette Dreyer as part of the newspaper’s extensive coverage of International Women’s Day.
A 2018 survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has ranked India as the world’s most dangerous country for women.
The cartoon comes at a time when Denmark and India have been rebuilding diplomatic relations following a lengthy schism – the result of years of resistance from Denmark to extradite Niels Holck, a Dane accused of trading weapons to Bengali separatists in 1995.