How are rape cases dealt with in India?

India Nov 16, 2020

I am not having a daughter in this country….

But rape is a gender unbiased term…. Sexual violence can happen to any soul, no matter what your age is, what is your sexual attitude, or your gender identity. Whenever rape happens and it’s accused are not punished, every time then, that rapist’s vulturine behavior is emboldened and helps them ensure that nothing is gonna harm them.

According to the PEW research statistics 2014, 25% of women and 13% of men between the ages of 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment while online. Section 375 of IPC defines rape as a criminal offense associated with women only. Indian law does not consider a man as ‘victim’ and a woman as ‘offender’. Cases of male rape are charged under sodomy in India. But it doesn’t mean that the law does any justice to women victims. When the horror of rape is invoked to serve political ends, women victims of rape are often ill-served by the attention they then receive. Women are victimized again, their assault is manipulated for political ends. Even the victim’s society sees her as a black scar on its social standing and the ascribed stigma is forced upon her like a cross for her to bear.

We can’t decry any specific person or government for Indian city’s acknowledgment as a rape capital. What feeds and keeps rape culture alive is a mosaic of diverse aspects such as misogyny, aggressive and normalized sexual abuse towards women, deteriorating values, changing perceptions and priorities, misguidance by media, lesser restrictions, interpretation of religion, patriarchally endorsed values of antagonism towards women and many other things. Rape is nothing but one’s domination of another which is often deeply embedded in societal attitudes, so much so that its role as a motivating factor is not easily discernible in every individual incident of rape.

The mentality of people is the thing responsible for this havoc in social values. This mentality is gravely harmed by social media and films and web series, these days. The horrifying fact is that Indian movie has an audience of 1.38 billion people worldwide and 1.2 billion in India and it can be proved that our film industry is feeding rape culture. The way our films portray women is simply underscored by dehumanization, to objectify women as an object to lust after…..depicts image of women as weak and someone who can’t fight her own battles and we have the tendency of idolizing these people. If we look at how the Delhi subgenre of the “multiplex film” has engaged with rape culture, misogyny, and urban anxiety through a close textual and discursive analysis of two recent films—NH10 (Navdeep Singh, 2015) and Pink (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016), and our point gets justification. Can we put an end to this? Will our government make the right decisions and tackle this situation? The government should set up special units that train officers and provide them all instructions and measures to tackle different situations and also, create easy access to doctors, forensics, rape survivors, psychologists, etc. Legalizing things makes them more powerful, indeed. Though it is a humongous task to prescribe any panacea to asphyxiate the demons overnight, still, a concentrated effort has to be made by injecting people with a dose of long lost value system. On the Individual level, one should be aware of incidents happening in the surroundings and ensure that when we are seeing people losing humanity inch by inch every day… we can act more human and make this world a better place to live in.

This article has been written by Rutuja Gosavi for The Paradigm

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