Rape and the issues regarding punishing the culprit

Posted April 23, 2013 from India

The last 1 year has brought India in world news for all wrong reasons. First the Delhi gang rape of a student girl that took place on December 12, 2012. It was one of the most heinous incidents, wherein after raping the girl, an iron rod was shoved in her vagina. As if this is not enough, on April 21, when a five-year-old girl rape victim was hospitalised for critical internal injuries after being raped. This time the police shocked the nation as they refused to lodge FIR-First Information Report and instead tried to pay paltry amount to the family of the victim girl to shut them.

The other side is an edgy media, that is waiting for anything to increase their TRPs, television ratings. They are now like prowlers which acutally is good for us women. Since they will not ignore such incidents anymore. However, there is little control on the 'manner' in which they will deal with such news.

The citizens are losing patience. India right now is in a ‘Maggie 2 minute’ frame of mind. It is a comparison to the instant noodle brand. Hence, people want to see instant action, severest form of punishment and have zero faith in our politicians. Indians got freedom in 1947, the current youth are born free, so lucky we are compared to so many other nations. So we don’t know deprivation, curtailing of rights, and suddenly everyone began romancing ‘revolution.’ The Indians began fantasizing on lines of 2011 Egypt’s Tahrir Square spring revolution. Only difference being we are a democracy, but of course justice not equal for all and there is no question of a revolution anymore.

Mid-March the Indian Parliament passed the new anti-rape law, which still requires the president's signature before it becomes official, makes stalking, voyeurism and sexual harassment a crime. It also provides for the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rape attacks that lead to the victim's death.

Yet we see on hourly basis rapes being reported, many still go unreported in India. The male mentality, attitudes of females being commodities, easy targets and eventual blame on her, that she must’ve lured the man still continue pervade in every strata of our society. I’m sure this must be prevalent in many countries as well, that the females are blame for wearing revealing clothes. Point is not about female dressing, luring. It is grooming the male gender from tender age to respect, care and protect the females.

Many want capital punishment, which I don’t agree to, though I want to give in sometimes out of frustration. Is there no end? Is there no solution friends? i welcome ideas, comments

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Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

I hope one day we will all be able to see the end to such crimes... But, I often think how can we? For thousands of years it has always fallen back on the victim being at fault somehow. Whether the victim is man, woman, or child they Surely must have been in the wrong place, wearing the wrong clothing, encouraged it somehow..... How can we think this? I am many times ashamed of the way human nature does that. It will only be through education of our youth and diligence on continuing education, that we break the chain of thought. Make the new future believe that this is not a remotely possible behavior and then they teach their kids etc..... As for the assailants now????? I think they need to stay alive and have to pay pennance for their acts. Let them have to work in prisons or hospitals where there are victims of these types of crimes...., make them see how painful it is to the victims families.... Maybe then they will see how much evil and pain they spread.

Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

There will be an end to this!!! With increased pressure on the government, and social change of attitudes towards this issue, change will happen. I salute you for bringing this issue up. I remember how I was so infuriated when I read about the police response to the rape of the beautiful 23 year old woman. I was so outraged that I could not imagine that there could be people in positions of power that hold that mentality! Serious change and cultural overhaul need to happen. I can relate to that, because in Sudan, when a girl is raped, authority is the one that passes judgements like saying that the rape is "disciplinary" because she was out late at night! These types of mentalities need to be eradicated by raising awareness about this issue, which in turn will create some of the necessary pressure on the government to take serious steps to adopt laws that protect women from human beasts like those.

Much love to you. Please stay connected and keep us informed.


Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

I would like to commend democratic Cointries as in India, which attained Democracy in 1947, but failed to protect women's rights. Are women not equal to men? Why does it have to take such atrocities to realise that women are human too, so it means the perpetrators of this heinous crime will go unpunished?

India is at a loss, that girl was a student doctor, which was a benefit to the Country. If it was a man, would it have been ignored that much and would it have taken so long for this ant-rape law to be passed. I'm not saying I am from a perfect Country, South Africa has it's own flaws, legally. Hence we meet on this medium.

Let's keep the flag of women liberation flying, let our voices rise!

Rochelle White
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

I am mad just reading the stories. It is so unfair and to think the police would become accessories to such a haness act on a five year old baby. If I can have permission to share your article on my other social media sites. People throughout the world just don't know. You wrote this article exceptionally well. Thank you for your clarity and ability to share the need to incite action with us.

Apr 24, 2013
Apr 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing this. Surprisingly, I am coming up with a write up on rape with its increase in Nigeria and other parts of the world. It is a shame that our legal system is not friendly to rape victims because most of them get frustrated and drop the charges due to the whole stigma and emotional torment involved. Last week the Minister for Women Affairs in Nigeria advocated for death penalty for rape cases and though I'm not a supporter of death penalty, I understand her sentiments along with the pains of victims and their families. It is really disheartening to see this issue reported weekly in the news.

Worse of it all is the disregard by the security agencies on rape cases and their involvement in mocking victims. We really have a big responsibility to get involved in sensitizing the public especially the male folk and assisting victims to get justice in anyway we can (especially through the courts). Also partner with professionals who can counsel victims, treat them and help them live past their experience.

Together we can bring about positive change. Cynthia.