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
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
but india is very unfair with their judgement to rape victims.. there they blame the victim.
Here is another case where a woman had accidently killed the man who tried to rape her and she is in prison
" But the woman, in her statement to the police, said that since Deepak had tried to outrage her modesty on August 12, she forcefully squeezed his testicles, following which he died."
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...
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