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Delhi Police Data On Rapes Against Women Prove, Yet Again, We Are Not Asking For It

Even though it's 2018, you are still to be blamed if you are raped. Besides, of course, the fact that the assaulter may have had had chowmein in his last meal.

Adrija Bose | News18.com

Updated:January 12, 2018, 1:47 PM IST
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Delhi Police Data On Rapes Against Women Prove, Yet Again, We Are Not Asking For It
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Last year, a two-judge bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court awarded bail to three law students from the elite Jindal Global Law School who had been convicted by a lower court for gang-raping a fellow student. Throughout the court order, the woman was termed ‘promiscuous’, she was castigated for drinking beer, smoking, taking drugs, and keeping condoms in her room. In short, she was ‘asking for it’.

When the horrific gang-rape took place in Delhi in 2012, many of the politicians decided to go on a rampage of ‘victim shaming’. Of course, it has to be because she was out late at night with a man. Tauba tauba! Of course it has to be because she had a cellphone. How can women have phones, ya? Of course it has to do with the fact that she dind’t say ‘Bhaiya! Main abala hoo'. And hey, was she covered properly?

Even though it's 2018, you are still to be blamed if you are raped. Besides, of course, the fact that the assaulter may have had chowmein in his last meal.

And while the victims are blamed for their skirt length, every year the data on crimes against women show the same results. Most of these rapists are known to the victims. The data released by Delhi police on Thursday showed that in 39% of the cases, family members, or family friends, were found to be involved; 19% of the accused were neighbours; and 21% were known to the survivor in some way. In only 3.37% of the cases were strangers involved — the lowest number in the last five years. In 4% of cases, employers or co-workers were responsible.

The data go on to prove why sexual assault, more often than not, becomes an under reported crime. It’s not just the broken justice system or the stigma attached to it, but when the perpetrator is known to the victim there are that many additional barriers—a combination of factors like—familiarity and social-power structure.

The 2015 NCRB data, released in 2017, show that in 95 percent of all rape cases, the offender knew the victim. So, clearly it has nothing to do with the skirt length or like Kiron Kher said, sharing an auto with three other men.

Yes, the problem lies at our home and in our workplaces. The apparent ‘safe’ spaces are not safe.

The police data showed that the number of rape cases came down in 2017 to 2,049 from 2,064 in 2016. Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik attributed the decline to proactive initiatives, awareness campaigns and self-defence training campaigns for women.

RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat once famously said, “Women should refrain from venturing out with men other than their relatives.” It’s time for a data check, Mr Bhagwat. Clearly women are not safe even with their relatives.
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