Posts Tagged ‘Delhi gang rape’
I had posted recently two articles on the Reasons for Rape.
One post dealt with the publicity seekers and the media coverage which seemed to have only the TRP in its mind.
And the issue of punishing the accused in th recent Delhi Gang Rape descended into a free for all for men Bashing and demand for more Freedom for women to dress and move about.
In the din some issues have been left out.
One such dangerous influence is Drinking,.
Alcohol use by the victim or the perpetrator is frequently associated with acquaintance rape.
- In one, study 26% of men who acknowledged committing sexual assault admitted that they were intoxicated at the time of the assault, and an additional 29% reported being mildly buzzed—55% were under the influence of alcohol.
- In the same study 21% of the college women who experienced sexual aggression on a date were intoxicated at the time of the assault, and an additional 32% reported being mildly buzzed—53% were under the influence of alcohol.
- More than once a minute, 78 times an hour, 1,871 times a day, girls and women in America are raped.
Sexual assault has nothing to do with passion; it uses power and control to dominate and humiliate victims.
- 50% of rapists are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old (see Figure 1).
- Studies consistently conclude that 75% of all assaults are planned. When three or more assailants are involved, the number climbs to 90%.
- Rape is the most frequently committed violent crime in America.
- 78% of rape victims know their attackers.
The average annual rate of rape and sexual assault among American Indians is 3.5 times higher than for all races.
- American Indian victims of violence are the most likely of all races of victims to indicate that the offender committed the offense while drinking.
|Race of victim||Percent of victims of violence reporting offender drinking (average annual percentage 1992-1996)|
- Victims of rape and sexual assault often don’t report the crime to the police and often do not report it to anyone.
- According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 70 % of sexual assaults are not reported. For Native women reporting can be really difficult because of the high level of mistrust for white agencies and helpers. Other reasons Native women do not report sexual assault is the fear of being ostracized by their families, as well as the complicated jurisdictional issues on reservations.
- The National Violence Against women survey indicated a 15.9 percent victimization rate of American Indian/Alaska Natives by an intimate partner—significantly higher than for women of other races.
- Of the 854 American Indians convicted in federal court in fiscal year 1997, 20 % were convicted for rape.”
Now if we look at the coverage of Media on the recent gang rape , how many of them focused on the issue of punishing th guilty?
They concentrated more who said what on the ‘Rape’
The jokers who came on the Television channels were interested in cheap publicity and said things more for shock value so that they may be noticed.
Even those who had the interests of women were crude to the point of calling women names, instead of asking them to be careful.
This type of coverage is not new.
Media, including print Media sensationalizes any thing that is perverted.
Look at the coverage they extend to father/uncles raping a child, women/murdering their husbands with the help of their paramour,
revealing /nude photographs under the garb of social reporting and Fashion.
Look at our own Times of India, whose TimesNow cried Foul the most in the recent gang Rape, publishing a Page In Your City showing faceless people showing off cleavage, writing about drinking parties.!
Now to Investigative reporting.
In the name of revealing the inner world of Tees the SUn publishes the Diary of Two Teens.
Found out that on Friday Hetty got three love bites, two from Luke and one from Jake.
May 17, 1993: Went to athletics. Tom is such a b*****d. He took my trainers so I took one of his and Katy took the other.
Then Jake threw one over the fence!
He took my hair ruffle and went to get his trainers so me and Katy followed him into the boys’ changing rooms and he attacked me with his Lynx (deodorant)…
It went all in my hair so Katy tipped his pencil case out and we kicked it around and then I got my ruffle back.
July 1, 1993: Teacher found out about Katy going to an all-night party.
She thinks she is sleeping with a boy in the year above us and she has to tell her mum. I hope she is OK.
July 2, 1993: Katy told her mum and she didn’t mind.
I was surprised but I wish my mum was like that.”
There is a spate comments on the new Delhi igang rape, which cost the life of a girl, Jyoti SIngh Pandey.
Protests were organised to punish the guilty immediately without dragging for years.
So far very good.
Then some body like President Pronab Mukherjee’s son,Mohn Bhagat of RSS , Asaram.. and a host of others
The protagonists for immediate Justice clamour later reached the heights of calling every man as rapist waiting to rape any one in sight deteriorated into question of feminine Freedom to dress and move about any time of the day..
“It would have been comforting if vile foolishness in India had been the domain of the few. But Asaram Bapu is not alone when he says one hand cannot clap by itself. Or that taking diksha, reciting a mantra and pleading with her rapists as brothers might have saved the young girl that fateful night.
The clergy of the Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind are not alone when they advocate co-educational institutes to be shut down, pre-marital sex to be outlawed and girls to dress in sober and dignified clothes as ways to prevent rape.
Mohan Bhagwat is not alone when he asserts more rapes happen in ‘India’ than ‘Bharat’ — the first a synecdoche for promiscuous modernity; the latter for a more pious and traditional order where women live within boundaries prescribed by men. Abhijit Mukherjee is not alone when he mocks women protesters as “dented, painted” girls. Nor are Abu Azmi, Kailash Vijayvargiya or the Chhattisgarh home minister who says minors in the state are being raped because their stars are not favourable….
The media reacted violently to these comments.
Over the past few days, the national media has rebuffed these men with an acetylene rage. Apologise, they have shouted. Retract your thoughts. Or at least be shamed into withdrawing the impunity with which you say such things in public.
But this rage has triggered its own counter-currents. Madhu Kishwar, feminist and editor of Manushi, for instance, is scathing about the media’s tone. “What kind of imperialist vocabulary is this? If you treat everyone who does not agree with you as aliens and fools, if you refuse to accept them as your own people, what gives you the right to dictate to them? What makes you think they will even entertain your criticism?” she asks.”
..Ad guru Santosh Desai chimes in to warn of a backlash: “Media in India is more loud than representative,” he says. “If the framing of this debate gets too vociferous and extreme, it can galvanise the opposition in disturbing ways. Our society has always had a way of evolving organically, using a combination of strategies to create space for new ideas. As long as that change is gradual, the anxiety it produces is also gradual. If one gets too absolutist, the whole thing can boomerang.”..
Chetan Bhagat offers a variation on the theme in his Times of India column, where he first divides the populace into four classes: One, the political elite; Two, the business elite; Threes, the rising lower and middle classes “with a certain amount of affluence and education”; and Four, “people with limited education, abysmal standards of living and little hope for a better future.” The Threes may be the heroes of Bhagat’s stories — and their hero in turn — but here he takes them to task for “imposing their new-found modern values” on the less-progressive masses “For example, Fours may see women-men relationships in a regressive way. The Threes, exposed to the latest Western beliefs, will mock them.” The column offers instead a more peace-loving recipe for change:”
What exactly are the issues?
A Girl was raped in the Capital of India.
Accused have been charge sheeted.
The case is being heard.
People have expressed their anger against this despicable act.
Now what we need to do is…….
To make sure that rape law is made more stringent and be made Non bailable(at the same time it is to be ensured that it is not misused as in Anti Dowry laws).
The perpetrators should not be executed but to live with the mark of a rapist after serving Life term.
They should be ostracized by the Society.
Women should ensure that they are safe by wearing non provocative dress in public and be careful about moving in their own interest.
This is not an issue of Male vs Female, it is a question of Life.
You can not control other human beings at all times, human nature is unpredictable.
You meet with accidents on the roads.
You have Zebra Crossing.
Nothing demeaning about it
Media must remember it is more than TRP at stake.
You have a moral responsibility as well.
Their target was not Jyoti Singh Singh Pandey specifically. (Damini,Nirbhaya).
Just any woman will do.
From the interview of the Clinical psychologist it is clear that they were under the influence of Alcohol.
This is how the incident unfolded .
“The accused “decided ahead of time” they would look for a woman and “intended to kill her”, the police report claims.
The gang boarded a bus that the alleged gang leader, Ram Singh, drove by day to ferry children to school and went out in search of a victim. They found the student accompanied by a male friend who were looking for transport home after watching the movie “Life of Pi” at a South Delhi shopping mall, according to the report submitted to the court.
Police arrested Singh the next day after tracing the bus using security camera footage from a hotel. He was still wearing a T-shirt stained with the victim’s blood and “on sustained interrogation” confessed and led the police to his accomplices, the police report said.
The other accused are Singh’s brother Mukesh, Akshay Kumar Singh, alias Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, all of whom are expected to plead not guilty when the trial begins. Mukesh Singh claims he was tortured while in police custody, his lawyer said on Thursday.
A sixth member of the gang, a teenager, is being processed as a juvenile, has not so far been charged and will be tried separately. Police have said they are conducting bone tests to determine his age as they suspect he may be over 18 years old.
After being caught by police, Ram Singh produced two bloodied iron rods from the bus, which had been used to beat the victim and her friend, and were inserted into her body, causing massive organ damage, the report claims.
According to the police dossier, the accused turned the lights out and took turns driving the bus, while two men held the woman down and another raped her. She suffered bite marks on several parts of her body, but also fought back and managed to bite her attackers. Their injuries are part of the case against them, the police report said.
After removing part of the victim’s intestines and throwing both her and her companion from the moving vehicle, they then tried to drive the bus over her. But her companion pulled her away, the report said.
They were left “badly injured and bleeding” on a flyover in south Delhi and were found naked by a highway worker who gave the man a shirt and called the police.
The victim, whom Reuters has opted not to name because Indian law generally prohibits doing so, died in a Singapore hospital of infection and “multiple organ failure” two weeks after the crime.
After the attack, Ram Singh tried to wipe the bus clean with the victims’ clothes, then made a fire to burn the clothes and other incriminating evidence, the report alleges. Witnesses from the neighbourhood he lived in came to the fire to warm themselves, the report said.
The dossier purports to rely on some 80 witnesses, along with DNA matches, mobile telephone tower records, video evidence, stolen goods belonging to the victims in possession of the accused, the bloodied clothes of the suspects, and the weapons used in the attack.
The prosecution will seek the death sentence for murder.
Police sources say the sixth accused in the Delhi gang-rape case – a 17-year-old who has been held at a juvenile home since his arrest – was the one who called out to the victim and her friend on that fateful night on December 16.
He allegedly told them the bus could take them to their destination. And once they boarded the bus he made lewd remarks about the girl. A NDTV report quoted police sources as saying the teenager allegedly raped her twice, once while she was unconscious….
- “Gang Rape Victim Jyoti Singh Pandey” Father Interview (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
- Delhi Gang Rape “Not The First Crime of the Accused” (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
Shocking to read that the accused of the Delhi Gang Rape, where the Girl Jyoti Singh Pandey previously (referred to as Damini,Nirbhaya)
are not new to rape.
Read his analysis on this case, reasons.
Very mature and professional amidst mass hysteria.
“Take, for example, the recent case, where the rape happened in a bus, the group of men was in a surrounding that was familiar to them, and hence had a sense of security. Rapists also attempt to take total control of the victim, physical and psychological, through physical violations or threats or both.
On the Influences for Rape.
I would say the instances of gang rape have increased in the past five to six years. When a group of men come together, say, for a celebration, their threshold would go down. A lot of these crimes were also committed under the influence of alcohol, which further reduces their discretionary powers. The sense of collective responsibility takes hold, which makes it possible for the individual to do things which he may not ever do alone.
- Delhi Gang Rape Protest Some Counter Productive PhotoEssay (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
- “Gang Rape Victim Jyoti Singh Pandey” Father Interview (ramanan50.wordpress.com)