Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Stepping up War on Rape Culture

Following the brutal gang rape in Delhi, lurid headlines shook the whole world, yet the poor response from the local police was very disappointing. Consequently, there developed a furious atmosphere, and the angry mob of protesters voiced heavily against the official indifference towards women.

The protesters demanded for the ‘pro women law reforms’ to protect the most vulnerable members of the male dominated society.
Beyond doubt, the misfit legal procedure is unable to handle violence against women effectively.

The flawed anti rape laws enable the perpetrators to easily outmaneuver the legal set up through the unfixed loop holes. The negligence on the part of officials and the law makers has always been thought provoking as a hazard for the women safety.

Without eliminating the status quo, the perpetrators would continue hunting and hurting the females at will. Thus, most of the blame goes to the absence of stringent ‘anti rape laws.’
Sadly, there occurs an incidence of rape every fourteen hours in Delhi, alone. And according to some official sources, around 93000 rape cases are still pending adjudication in criminal courts at differently located jurisdictions.

The mindset of raping has been differently theorised by various experts. For example, rapists are of two categories which include (a) criminal rapist and (b) the psychiatric rapist.
The criminal rapist with or without a criminal record is usually a poorly educated person - below the actual socio-economic level, who easily surrenders to the peer pressure to commit anti-social activity of such a grave nature.

The other class is thought to be of the psychiatric rapist, who appears to be an educated personality probably belonging to a well off economic back-ground, yet becomes a rapist due to some personal issues or inadequacy. Most of the time, the psychiatry rapist displays remorseful attitude later.
Other theories suggest that the rapists usually come from violent background, where the teen agers and the youth may be demonstrating their macho behaviour of toughness and masculinity in a more anti-social style.

“The biologist Edward Wilson put forth a theory in his “Violence Initiative” that there is a certain small percentage of humankind that is simply "broken" from birth, destined to be violent, evil people. It has nothing to do with their environment, upbringing, or anything else; it's just in their DNA.”

It’s convincing enough that some people are broken from day one inherently, yet many others end up having been twisted that way. Regardless of the categories, the rapists really are disgusting people, who lose their senses and become wild animals.

The Delhi gang rape case involved a physiotherapy student, who was mercilessly assaulted onboard the running bus with tinted windows and then was thrown out naked along with his male friend. In other words, the suspects wanted to kill her right there as the driver attempted to run her over, but her male friend pulled her away from the path of the bus. Later on, the unfortunate student while under critical care breathed her last after unsuccessfully fighting for her life in a hospital outside India.

After several weeks of the mounting public pressure, the authorities formally began the legal process against the five men and the driver. In fact, the local police have been too slow initially, but five days after the victim’s death, the police booked them under the penal code of India - for rape, attempted murder/murder, kidnapping, tampering with and destroying the material evidence altogether. If convicted, they face death penalty and a special public prosecutor has been already appointed to deal with the 6th suspect who is juvenile.  According to the Indian Public Prosecutor Mohan, the case is likely to reach its logical conclusion within four to five months.  Due to victim’s death, the current matter has become a challenge for all involved.

The rapists tend to kill the victim to get away but are usually trapped, as their mistaken activity backfires instead.

Nevertheless, the fear factor continues to haunt Indian women who are too terrified to report rape for the possible reprisals including a compromised reputation as long as the sub standard ‘victim protection laws’ prevail over there.

The past experience clearly shows, whenever any sexually abused female dared to report any violation against her, she suffered the consequences, while the perpetrators rarely faced justice.
So, it’s the female victim, who always faces more danger after reporting the assault, because it may cause the perpetrators to attack her again out of revenge.

Since the criminals are not scared of any legal action against them, it’s a “win-win situation” for the rapists, hence, a cause of concern for many all over the world.
Furthermore, Indian law generally prohibits the identification of victims of sex crimes to protect victims' privacy, but the father and brother of the deceased victim have already agreed to release her name saying, "If the government names the revised anti-rape law after her, they have no objection and it would be an honor to her."   ---"My daughter didn't do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself," father added.
"I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter."

The promised safety: The launch of a 24-hour telephone helpline for Delhi ‘women in trouble’ through connecting with all the 185 police stations across the city gives a sigh of relief to all concerned.
Additional measures to make the city safer for women include more police night patrols, checks on bus operators, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains.

Recommended further: General awareness for victim protection as well as for the change of criminal mindset will be helpful.  An overhaul of rape law is necessary to facilitate summary trial for speedy justice.
Encouraging gender equality in letter and spirit is a must for remedying the male dominance issue.


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leo said...

Tariq Sb
You have analyze the issue in very sensible manner. Here in Pakistan laws for women protection are there but we do not find any application.

TariqMian said...

@ Leo-----
Pakistan deserves a separate article on the issue.

leo said...

You should right soon.

TariqMian said...

ok leo

narazia said...

criminal assault and gang rape are amongst the biggest problems the world populace is confronted with.
Thanks for sharing the posted info.

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TariqMian said...

@narazia----I respect your opinion.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello TM:

Rape is rape is rape and is a violent act against men & woman and should never be tolerated in acivilized society. Male rape is growing in Sweden which is by the way, the rape capital of Europe.

Here's one example of weekly if not daily events.

Another one:

Sweden is ranked number one in Europe in the number of rapes per 100,000 citizens and number two in the world. There are 53 rapes per 100,000 people in the population. These were UN statistics.

This might explain atttitued in Sweden better:

The Swedish Democrats did their own study to bring out into public just the seriousness of Rapes in Modern Day Swedish Society but concentrated on Immigrant groups in the statistics. This I view as a mistake and something that is totally unnecessary. My view is a rape is a rape is a rape and it is a violent crime and should be punished harshly without pointing fingers at any race groups. All in the society are responsible for allowing rapes to flourish in Sweden and all should be dealt with on an equal basis. This intolerance and fear of politicians toward those who go agains't the party line is the very reason why extremist groups are growing in Sweden as in the rest of Europe.

Sound close to home.

Take care,

TariqMian said...

@Stranger in a Strange Land,
Rape is an act of mentally retarted but is punishable harshly it's in India, Pakistan or Sweden.
There should be zero tolerance for violating anyone's body.
The posted article follows Indian incidence but applies to cases globally.
I do appreciate your valuable opinion.

Palomasea said...

Thank you, dear Tariq, for the thoughtful and well-written analysis on this very disturbing and sensitive issue...
So very sad.
Hard to believe that in the 21st century we are having to discuss national response to this matter the country.
I hope and pray that changes are on the horizon...
All the best, and thank you...
- Irina

TariqMian said...

thank u so much for taking your time to comment on the important issue.

Daanish said...

Your article is powerful and precise to capture a shocking tragedy.

Sometimes just awareness is not enough, immediate actions are required like here.

TariqMian said...

@ Dannish,
Awareness sometimes leads to proper action.
Thanks for appreciating the spirit of the article.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Hello Again:

A view of rape from a Swedish woman's point of view.

Take care,

TariqMian said...

@ Stranger in a Strange Land
Good point.
I have visited your blog (Re guest post by INGA) and left the following comment if you would agree!
It's very alarming that rape convictions -if any- are usually lenient in Sweden.
That means there are loopholes in the rape laws which keep an ineffective pressure on the rapists or would be rapists.
The people of the country must ask for replacing the weak law.
Maybe, the weaker laws are for a purpose of providing leniency to the powerful people.
By the way, law makers are law breakers in some cases.

Stranger in a Strange Land said...

Spot on, TM.

Kind & warm regards from a cold Land,

Syed Ali Hamid said...

The govt. is in the process of making laws against rape stricter; but what we need is a change of mindset and this can only come about when gender bias is eliminated in the family system.


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