End rape culture.
Contributor
Written by
Shreyasi Dutiya
December 2019
Contributor
Written by
Shreyasi Dutiya
December 2019

Delhi, Assam, Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Indore, Hyderabad and the list just goes on and on. Rape has become the 4th most common crime in India. Name one state in which at least one human being has not being raped in India. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated, child or adult, male or female, nobody is safe anymore. More than 34 thousand rape cases have been registered in India in the last year alone. And countless unregistered. It is said that one rape takes place every 13 seconds. Is this what the world has come to? Is this what India has come to? Where news of celebrities enjoying their vacations are given more importance than lives of thousands of victims. From Nirbhaya, Asifa and the latest in the series Dr. Priyanka to the countless unnamed victims. The needle hasn’t moved forward with time, instead seems to be moving backward. It angers me, it maddens me, it scares me and most of all it disappoints me. There was once a time I was proud to be an Indian, today, I’m ashamed to admit that I am an Indian.  

 Why is it that people are not ashamed to do it yet so ashamed to talk about it? Why is it that the number only keeps on increasing and never decreasing? Government officials, priests, and even police officers are involved. Brothers, uncles, even their own fathers. Who can we really trust now?

Must have been asking for it, must have dressed inappropriately, must have been acting like she wants it. It is a sad reality that rape survivors still have to face such questions when they come out with their stories of being assaulted.

She is raped at 6 days old.

She is raped at 6 months old.

She is raped at 6 years old.

She is raped at 16 years old.

She is raped at 60 years old.

So don’t say that it is her fault. Don’t you dare ever blame anything on her. So what if she was with her boyfriend and was not a virgin? Intimacy is not a crime. Rape is. So what if she is a sex worker? That is not her daily routine. Prostitution is not a crime. Rape is. So what is she was a drunk mother of two? She didn’t invite it. Drinking is not a crime. Rape is. So what if she was walking alone in that dress? Showing skin is not a crime. Rape is. Consider the rapist as a reason. Not the victim.                                                                                 

And those bastards? Do you not have mothers, aunts, sisters and even daughters? How could you do that to someone knowing you’ve got them waiting at home depending on you for their protection? Would you bear it if someone else did the same to them? Would you stay quiet? If the answer is no, why do it to someone else? Is your pleasure really more important than someone’s life? 

Not only in the night, now it has also started taking place during broad day light, in front of public. Only if once they experience what they put their victims through, they’ll understand the amount of damage they’ve caused. Only then they will hopefully stop.

Is this not enough to bring changes to the country? Everybody only wants to talk, no one wants to do anything about it. Which accused has ever been given the punishment they deserve? Only about 2 percent of rapists go to jail. Why is it that India is not talking these laws seriously?

When will this change? When will people realize enough is enough? When will it finally come to an end? When will India once again be the country that is safe for women?

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