The Normalisation of Rape in India

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The Normalisation of Rape in India

Nehal Jain | October 04, 2020 12:47 hrs


India reports 87 rapes per day, states the National Crime Records Bureau amid the Hathras gang-rape outrage.  


While rape is a brutal and heinous crime the Indian psyche seems to have normalized rape to the extent that it has lost its shock value.


Every day since the Hathras gang-rape case came to light, we have been waking up to news of more such rape cases, especially those on minor girls.


Flip through the newspaper in the morning and there’s a fresh report of rape. Open social media and you see your friends posting about rape. But switch on the TV news channels and we’d still have Bollywood and drugs thrust down our throats.


Don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying that the TV channels aren’t covering news on rape. But are they covering it enough? Why does it always take a Nirbhaya to die for the nation to switch its outrage to such crimes? Why can’t we have more debates surrounding crimes on women, sexual assault and rape?


When the Nirbhaya case happened, outrage had erupted. Enough is enough, we had shouted. The same chants are on-going now. The same people are saying the same things. Castrate. Hang. Kill. And chant we shall, for a long time. 


Surprisingly, Assam has reported the highest crime rate against women - 117.8 per lakh population. The latest is of two minor girls who were raped in Lakhimpur district. 


At this point maybe we should start questioning ourselves and our justice system. Maybe we should all take concrete steps towards ensuring that the women of India feel safe in their own land.


The fight for women’s safety is an uphill one. But the journey towards it needs an immediate head start. 


No more Nirbhaya or another Hathras victim please! Action against crimes on women should start right now. 


 

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