Women To Blame For Rape – UP Cops
It is the woman’s fault that she got raped. She was wearing provocative clothes, she was out at an untimely hour, she was all alone – these were the reasons tendered by the UP cops when it came to questioning on the rape cases. Seeing the recent footage of NDTV I was shocked to say the least when I heard the responses from the cops about these rape cases. As per the stats, 8 cases of rape are reported each day on an average. And these are the reported cases, I am sure the unreported ones would be much higher. And the reasons given
Women are to blame for their rape
I am shocked at the audacity of this statement. This is spoken in an extremely condescending manner, as though someone wants to be raped. I am not able to understand why the situation is not given that much of an importance it deserves. Is it because it is a male dominated society? Is it because they are trying to protect someone? Is it because they do not want to work more or they gain nothing out of it?
I wonder sometimes whether they know that they are in a public service job or not!
These are the reasons given for rape when asked
- Lack of entertainment, fewer rapes earlier – TV, FB, etc are causing more rapes
- Women wear provocative clothes
- They were alone at night
- Live in relations cause rapes
- Indian Culture – Clothes from Indian culture will lessen rapes
And a lot more annoying ones. Of these, the one I hated the most was the lecture on Indian culture. I wonder if these people should be allowed at all to talk about the Indian culture at all. It is such a disgrace to see someone like that talking about Indian culture. Apparently as per the Indian culture – a woman is not supposed to wear jeans or some other clothes.
If that turns someone on to think of rape, so would a burqa. These guys are in need of some severe mental help or education or punishment.
Don’t we have enough laws?
The laws are never a problem. We have some really nice laws to protect women. But the unfortunate part is that it rarely has helped a woman in trouble. I learned from the interview that most of the times police refrain from filing an FIR. This is because they would have to act on it and if they don’t it is a black mark on their profession or hike or promotions. Laws were never the problem with our country, it was always the execution.
Then why do these things happen?
Some activists go on to the extent of saying that all men are inherently insane. Well I would definitely find that logic insane. But I agree that the society has become a male dominated one and it needs a balance in its perspective. Too much of importance has been given to the idea of sex and too less importance has been given to respecting it. It is not the media to blame, not the girls and not the lack of entertainment. It is just the way people think – they think and seem to know that it easy to get away with. ‘The audacity of impunity ‘ – Talk about a lawless society
How to prevent it?
Education! Stricter Laws! Public morality. Instead of trying to morally police women, it is time that people started acting like people. It is time that people put a foot down to stand for what is right. The perpetrators of the crime do not dwell in the dark, they are out there, it is not the inaction of police alone which makes it happen, it is the inaction of the society as a whole. I am sure that most of these cases would have been prevented if the perpetrators had an inherent fear of being caught by police or being beaten black and blue by the public. And none of these would have happened if they knew how to tender respect to the other gender. Instead of that, blaming women and suggesting them safety measures is surely a lame way to prevent something like this happening in the future
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