Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to the
National Crime Records Bureau, 98% of the rape cases were committed by people known to the victim.
According to section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Rape is defined as
A man is said to commit “rape” if he:
(a) penetrates his penis, to any extent, into the vagina, mouth, urethra or anus of a woman or makes her to do so with him or any other person; or
(b) inserts, to any extent, any object or a part of the body, not being the penis, into the vagina, the urethra or anus of a woman or makes her to do so with him or any other person; or
(c) manipulates any part of the body of a woman so as to cause penetration into the vagina, urethra, anus or any part of body of such woman or makes her to do so with him or any other person; or
(d) applies his mouth to the vagina, anus, urethra of a woman or makes her to do so with him or any other person, under the circumstances falling under any of the following seven descriptions:
Firstly. Against her will.
Secondly. Without her consent.
Thirdly. With her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in whom she is interested, in fear of death or of hurt.
Fourthly. With her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married.
Fifthly. With her consent when, at the time of giving such consent, by reason of unsoundness of mind or intoxication or the administration by him personally or through another of any stupefying or unwholesome Substance, she is unable to understand the nature and consequences of that to which she gives consent.
Sixthly. With or without her consent, when she is under eighteen years of age.
Seventhly. When she is unable to communicate consent.
One of the most horrifying rape cases reported in the recent times was that of a 23 year old girl in Delhi in 2013 on 16th December. The victim named popularly as ‘Nirbhaya’ was brutally gang raped. Her male friend accompanying her was assaulted by an iron rod and the same was used to penerate into the victim so much that her internal organs had to be removed. She died 13 days after the incident.
India is a diverse country with many religious customs and practices. Goddesses like Lakshmi, Durga, Kali are worshipped and venerated. Yet, the amount of respect we have for our women is sadly reflected in the rape cases.
India is filled with hypocrites who in the name of religion would go hysterical and move to the court for banning beef, alchohol as they are against the religious sentiments.
I want to ask if raping women, harassing and threatening women not against any of your religious sentiments?
Why then do you channel your energies into frivolous matters and not into something as harrowing and serious as rape.
What is in your psyche that makes you feel the need to rape. If you think wearing ‘being human’ t-shirts and other accessories makes you human then you are wrong!
Humanity is lost in India. That’s the sorry state of affairs. We have become much worse than animals so barbaric.
Rape has always been in the Indian society. Women have always been neglected, degraded and disrespected. Even during the partition of India, more than 10,000 women were raped.
During the Gothra riots as well women were tortured and raped.
Only 1% of the rape cases in the population of 1000 people are reported. Even then the perpetrators are left scot-free and the justice is not delivered.
And if the wife of Amir Khan wants to leave India as she finds it unsafe and intolerant then there’s nothing wrong in that. We Indians are tolerant to rape, tolerant to harassment on women, tolerant to domestic violence, tolerant in asking exorbitant dowry.
We tolerate anything as long as it is confined to women.
I want to know how you get the urge to rape when you have a mother, a sister, daughter. How would you feel if they were tortured and raped.
Why can’t you treat women as you want your daughters, sisters and mothers to be treated – with dignity.
Have you ever paused to think about how the life of the rape victims who survived would be after the incident. She will be defamed. The kind of patriarchal society we live in fingers will be raised on her. Everybody would blame her and say that if she had stayed confined at her home nothing of this sort would have happened.
Even in Ramayan, King Ram had disowned his wife Sita on the word of a washerman who said that as Sita had been kidnapped by Ravan she isn’t pure.
Marriage is a far cry for rape victims. The victims are always haunted by the incident that a touch by anybody makes them quiver in fear. On the other hand nobody accepts such victims of rape as their daughter – in – law.
The rape victims always end up with mental and emotional instability. Only with proper counseling over the years can they bring their strength and confidence back.
What then should we do to prevent Rape?
Changing our attitude is one solution but nobody here are saints and nobody will change overnight.
Practical solution is the call of action.
- Level of security should be increased. Police patrolling should be done at all times especially during night. Every street should have proper lighting because often it’s in the dark alley that crimes are conducted.
- Self defense should be taken up by women. They should be trained on how to protect themselves from the perpetrators of rape and other crimes.
- Pepper spray should also be carried by women.
- Never leave your drinks unattended.
- Always trust your intuition. If you feel that you are being stalked or are in the vicinity of a rapist get away or seek help.
- Keep your personal information private.
- Always walk with confidence.
- Always keep your mobile phone charged and make sure that you have enough credit to make emergency calls to your friends or family.
- Get familiar with your surroundings and study or work premises.
- Try going out with a group of friends at night whenever possible.
The government should amend their laws and make it more stringent against rape.
Education without character building is nothing. Boys and Girls should be taught from their childhood about their sexuality and what constitutes proper and improper touch.
Parents and teachers play a major role here. They should guide their children/students in their formative years about the proper code of conduct.
In the end, it comes down to the individual. We as individuals should take an oath not to support or tolerate rape. We should also intervene if we find any crime being conducted.
As a citizen of India we all must be aware of our rights and the law.
Remember that it is always the rapist fault and not the rape victims. Rapists are predators who need to be wiped out from the society.