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As I obliviously scrolled through my social media feeds last week, every woman I know seemed to be posting angry rants about one thing. My friends were all sharing how hurt and infuriated they were with the brutal gang rape and heinous murder of a 26-year-old veterinary, Priyanka Reddy, who was attacked when she was walking home with her bike, in Hyderabad on November 28.

Seven years after the horrific rape and murder case of Nirbhaya that shook the entire nation, not much seems to have changed in terms of women’s safety in India or even society’s attitude towards rape, which is sadly deeply rooted in the culture.

The gruesome incident has shook the country and sparked nationwide protests. A series of similar attacks followed, further aggravating the situation. People have taken to the streets across different cities demanding justice for the victim and provision of more security for women. Many activists, students, lawyers and others are holding rallies and demonstrations demanding death penalty for the four accused in the case and can be seen carrying placards that read ‘hang the rapists’, ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ and ‘we want justice’. In the capital, a young girl was also arrested outside Parliament for holding a sign that read, ‘Why can’t I feel safe in my own India?’

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A unanimous echo that can be heard across the country is the demand for authorities to reprimand the accused with most severe punishments – death penalty, public lynching or castration of the convicts. In fact, even the family members of the four men accused in the recent rape-murder case in Hyderabad say they believe their sons should suffer a fate similar to the victim’s. The mother of the prime accused in the case thinks her son should also be burnt alive – just like the victim. Many citizens are also infuriated to see the accused being protected and lodged in high-security jail. They are demanding the accused be handed over to the public so the people can decide their fate collectively. They demand the culprits to be named, shamed and punished publicly.

Even Parliament exploded in outrage on Monday during the session. The Defence Minister of India called the crime ‘inhumane’ and said the incident has ‘brought shame to the entire country.’ Member of Parliament and renowned actress, Jaya Bachchan, also spoke on the issue and demanded lynching of the perpetrators. Many other female MPs further supported her plea. Although her statement lead to a huge social media debate, many believe such statements serve as a catchy headline but in a civilised democracy like India, such punishments are impossible.

Women are seeking a definitive answer from the government and not willing to give up. However, the safety of women doesn’t seem to be a priority for the government. While there is rage across the country, it is extremely disappointing to see many government officials making comments that largely blame the victims for the crime. Many political leaders blamed the Hyderabad victim for not calling the police, suggesting that the police could have saved the life of the victim had she called the helpline instead of her sister.

Speaking at a press conference, the Chief Minister of the State of Telangana (Hyderabad is its capital), said he would make sure female employees don’t work after dark. The police of Hyderabad issued a list of advisory dos and don’ts for women. Instead of ensuring a safe environment for women, the police are preaching safety rules and advising women to stay at home when it’s dark. Are they suggesting that they have failed and can’t protect the women citizens of their country? How is any of this helping in security of women in the long run?

Victim blaming and shaming is the usual drill that follows every rape in the country. There is always unsolicited advice for women to change their behaviour, stay at home, not go out in the dark, limit the use of mobile phones, dress ‘appropriately’, not to consume alcohol and more obnoxious statements which are not relevant to the crime in any possible way.
Instead of investing in better infrastructure, street lights, CCTV, helplines and more security for women, the norm in the country is to ask women to be careful, curb their freedom and ask them to stay home.

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Firstly, what needs to stop is this absurd obsession with trying to figure what the victim could have done to avoid rape. Secondly, authorities need to stop asking women to behave and instead focus on policing men.

Unfortunately the important aspect of rape crimes is men and their behaviour, which seems to be largely ignored. No one appears to advise that we need to change the way the men of the country are being brought up. Where are the behavioural decrees for men? Where is the list of advisory dos and don’ts for men? Why are the men not being asked to mind their manners?

Broadly speaking, currently the people are demanding a change in the judicial system, the security, government’s attitude and more. What the citizens are yearning for most is a law and order enforcement body that ensures quick verdict and severe punishment in such cases. They want the perpetrators to fear the capital punishments and believe that this may dissuade them from committing such crimes against women. The justice system needs to exercise quick verdicts within weeks or maximum 6 months while the memory of crime is still fresh. The swelling outrage is pressuring the authorities for quick action to be taken in this case. Many officials have promised swift and forceful justice with stringent punishments for four accused men.

The rape culture is celebrated in India and more popularly in movies. Bollywood is also largely blamed time and time again for objectifying women and normalising casual sexism and harassment of women as romance.

Rape is societal disease that has marred the country for centuries and continues to do so. The country is failing to bring up the men of the country in the right way and sadly it refuses to recognise this as a core problem at all. This incident has brought to light that even after so many years, nothing seems to be changing with regards to protection of women in India.

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Home Life style Why is India still blaming women for being victims of rape?

Why is India still blaming women for being victims of rape?

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As I obliviously scrolled through my social media feeds last week, every woman I know seemed to be posting angry rants about one thing. My friends were all sharing how hurt and infuriated they were with the brutal gang rape and heinous murder of a 26-year-old veterinary, Priyanka Reddy, who was attacked when she was walking home with her bike, in Hyderabad on November 28.

Seven years after the horrific rape and murder case of Nirbhaya that shook the entire nation, not much seems to have changed in terms of women’s safety in India or even society’s attitude towards rape, which is sadly deeply rooted in the culture.

The gruesome incident has shook the country and sparked nationwide protests. A series of similar attacks followed, further aggravating the situation. People have taken to the streets across different cities demanding justice for the victim and provision of more security for women. Many activists, students, lawyers and others are holding rallies and demonstrations demanding death penalty for the four accused in the case and can be seen carrying placards that read ‘hang the rapists’, ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ and ‘we want justice’. In the capital, a young girl was also arrested outside Parliament for holding a sign that read, ‘Why can’t I feel safe in my own India?’

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A unanimous echo that can be heard across the country is the demand for authorities to reprimand the accused with most severe punishments – death penalty, public lynching or castration of the convicts. In fact, even the family members of the four men accused in the recent rape-murder case in Hyderabad say they believe their sons should suffer a fate similar to the victim’s. The mother of the prime accused in the case thinks her son should also be burnt alive – just like the victim. Many citizens are also infuriated to see the accused being protected and lodged in high-security jail. They are demanding the accused be handed over to the public so the people can decide their fate collectively. They demand the culprits to be named, shamed and punished publicly.

Even Parliament exploded in outrage on Monday during the session. The Defence Minister of India called the crime ‘inhumane’ and said the incident has ‘brought shame to the entire country.’ Member of Parliament and renowned actress, Jaya Bachchan, also spoke on the issue and demanded lynching of the perpetrators. Many other female MPs further supported her plea. Although her statement lead to a huge social media debate, many believe such statements serve as a catchy headline but in a civilised democracy like India, such punishments are impossible.

Women are seeking a definitive answer from the government and not willing to give up. However, the safety of women doesn’t seem to be a priority for the government. While there is rage across the country, it is extremely disappointing to see many government officials making comments that largely blame the victims for the crime. Many political leaders blamed the Hyderabad victim for not calling the police, suggesting that the police could have saved the life of the victim had she called the helpline instead of her sister.

Speaking at a press conference, the Chief Minister of the State of Telangana (Hyderabad is its capital), said he would make sure female employees don’t work after dark. The police of Hyderabad issued a list of advisory dos and don’ts for women. Instead of ensuring a safe environment for women, the police are preaching safety rules and advising women to stay at home when it’s dark. Are they suggesting that they have failed and can’t protect the women citizens of their country? How is any of this helping in security of women in the long run?

Victim blaming and shaming is the usual drill that follows every rape in the country. There is always unsolicited advice for women to change their behaviour, stay at home, not go out in the dark, limit the use of mobile phones, dress ‘appropriately’, not to consume alcohol and more obnoxious statements which are not relevant to the crime in any possible way.
Instead of investing in better infrastructure, street lights, CCTV, helplines and more security for women, the norm in the country is to ask women to be careful, curb their freedom and ask them to stay home.

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I travelled to India Afghanistan on a charity mission and the gender-based violence I witnessed will shock you

Firstly, what needs to stop is this absurd obsession with trying to figure what the victim could have done to avoid rape. Secondly, authorities need to stop asking women to behave and instead focus on policing men.

Unfortunately the important aspect of rape crimes is men and their behaviour, which seems to be largely ignored. No one appears to advise that we need to change the way the men of the country are being brought up. Where are the behavioural decrees for men? Where is the list of advisory dos and don’ts for men? Why are the men not being asked to mind their manners?

Broadly speaking, currently the people are demanding a change in the judicial system, the security, government’s attitude and more. What the citizens are yearning for most is a law and order enforcement body that ensures quick verdict and severe punishment in such cases. They want the perpetrators to fear the capital punishments and believe that this may dissuade them from committing such crimes against women. The justice system needs to exercise quick verdicts within weeks or maximum 6 months while the memory of crime is still fresh. The swelling outrage is pressuring the authorities for quick action to be taken in this case. Many officials have promised swift and forceful justice with stringent punishments for four accused men.

The rape culture is celebrated in India and more popularly in movies. Bollywood is also largely blamed time and time again for objectifying women and normalising casual sexism and harassment of women as romance.

Rape is societal disease that has marred the country for centuries and continues to do so. The country is failing to bring up the men of the country in the right way and sadly it refuses to recognise this as a core problem at all. This incident has brought to light that even after so many years, nothing seems to be changing with regards to protection of women in India.

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