The endless discourses of the elite point fingers everywhere: except at the real cause, which is the cultural sanction of rape in India. Arundhati Roy was brave to label it India’s rape culture. Rapes are not just numbers (24,206 in 2011), but categories: first, there is the not-a-rape marital rape. Then, the easily dismissible she-asked-for-it rape to be applied to urban women. There is patriotic rape: singular nights of horror courtesy the Indian army as in Kunan-Pushpora and Shopian in Kashmir; its second cousin, the long-lasting disciplinary rape to teach a lesson to a population seeking self-determination such as by the ipkf in Eelam, or the afspa-empowered army in Manipur; the minority rape as in the rape of Muslim women in Gujarat, custodial rape as in what happened to Chidambaram Padmini and, above all, the commonplace, everyday caste-Hindu rape of Dalit women, as in the rape of Surekha Bhotmange and her daughter in Khairlanji, and a thousand other instances. Please add the word ‘alleged’ in front of every mention of rape, so that we carry this pretence of political correctness.
The middle classes who got a taste of police violence will now, hopefully, wake up to the reality of police, paramilitary and army excesses in Kashmir, the Northeast and in adivasi villages in central India. Out of their slumbering state, they will perhaps realise the sham of the present democracy and the zero accountability that elected representatives enjoy. The prime minister robotically reading out empty words and the strategic absence of legitimate mediation from the state will not quell protests. On the contrary, it will have the unintended consequence of detonating similar struggles everywhere. The state will have to speak then. If it doesn’t, and the government succeeds in driving all anger and dissent underground, it will have to take the blame for creating guerrillas en masse. Theek hai?
All those refuting Meena Kandasamy are actually proving her point (How Do We Break the Indian Penile Code?) Indians live in denial and find it tough to accept reality. Soumya Saxena,
I mostly agree with what MK says, except when she calls courts misogynist for being careful about admissible evidence. If dowry laws can be misused, so can rape laws.
Abhishek Prakash, Jaipur
Soumya saxena >> most people commenting are men which proves another point that how men are less sensitive to women issues
There are 600 million men in India and we may have some 30-50 regular commenting males here and if this sample size is enough for you to draw sweeping conclusions then it only shows you have not a clue about India...
Kiran Voleti >> The cops are apparantly filing a 1000 page charge sheet in the current delhi rape case. The best of the cops in the world wouldnt find enough stuff to file a 1000 page charge sheet in an open and shut rape case with about 30 witnesses. Its like writing a thesis.
You hit the bulls eye..Though I would say that even a Phd thesis would not be so long.
The crux of matter is the utter inefficiency of Indian judiciary, again because this great Bharat of 120 crore people has less than 20000 judges. And guess what, none of the media houses want to talk about this. Is it because they are all paid news peddling business persons, with multiple business interests and are afraid of rubbing the judiciary the wrong way, lest they get stuck in some litigation?
For example, billionaire Shri Rajan Raheja, owns whole host of businesses and it is perfectly understandable that his magazines like this one do not have anything to say about the inefficiency of the judicial system over here...
Classic example of anti-male propaganda.
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