Rape is the safest crime in India, isn’t it? At a time that, newspapers are full of the Shiney Ahuja story, it transpires that rape, in India is the safest crime – from the criminals point of view. Shiney Ahuja was probably unlucky that his victim was brave enough to go to the police..
Look at the positive side.. Most people just do not report rapes.. Rape is apparently the most under-reported crime in India. This chilling article talks out how most rapists get away with it.
A rapist creates an opportunity that allows for a situation where there is privacy so that his control over the victim is complete.
And even worse
Figures point to the fact that most rapists are married. Experts believe that two prime reasons for rape, which have little to do with the marital status, are uncontrolled urge to enact sexual fantasies and to dominate. Therefore, it is not a crime of opportunity that is carried out in the spur of the moment, as rapists depose in their defence or make it sound to be a consensual act, but in most cases rape is well-planned and a considered act. The rapist actually enacts the rape in his mind for many times before he actually carries it out; the opportunity in most of the cases is created by manipulating situation carefully. That is why as many as 90 per cent cases are of ‘Date Rape’ where the victim is known to the rapist.
Badz writes in her post about how her friend was victimised further by being blamed for the rape! The victim is almost invariably blamed for the rape.. More so , if the person is known to her. Is it a wonder that people prefer to keep in under the wraps? After all, why invite trouble? From a parent’s point of view – their daughter has already been ‘violated’ so why further the humiliation by telling everybody that she was raped? Why endanger her chances of a ‘happy married life’ . And then the matter of the ‘family honour’ – why risk it all – much easier to gag the victim? A lot of rapes are committed because the man knows that the woman will not be in a position to raise her voice against him.
Things can only change when people start accepting that rape victims are not to blame. That raping is a crime and that rapists need to be punished. It is never the fault of the victim – someone who will need a lot of counselling to be able to overcome the trauma of what happened to her. She is no different from a mugging victim or a stabbing victim. Nobody asks for it. No matter what clothes she wore, if she does not agree to it – it is rape. Until that mentality among us changes, rapes will continue to be the safest crime to commit.