The rapes will go on

Illustration: Anand Naorem
Illustration: Anand Naorem

She asked for it.
It’s all about money.
They have made it a business.
It is consensual most of the time.

This is how policemen — keepers of the law and protectors of innocent — view rape in the Delhi- National Capital Region (NCR). Although generalising is fraught with hazards, this is one generalisation that can be made. There’s evidence to support this.

A month ago, the outrageous apathy of our police towards rape victims was in full display when the Noida Police revealed the identity of a minor girl who was brutally gang-raped in a moving car. If that was not enough, the Noida Superintendent of Police cast aspersions on the girl’s character at a press conference. Besides the fact that, by doing so, the police flagrantly violated the law of the land — Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code defines the disclosure of the identity of rape victims as an offence punishable by up to two years of imprisonment — it also gave a peek into the minds of the police and how they see the raped and the rapist.
Often been called the rape capital of India, the Delhi-NCR region has thrown up numerous such instances of police apathy in rape cases. When asked to explain the rising instances of rape, the cops have invariably blamed the women, an array of extraneous factors or resorted to specious arguments instead of looking inwards and focussing on police reforms. The most disturbing aspect of this is the rank misogyny that underlies it.A few weeks later, the Gurgaon Police outraged civil society by proposing a blanket curfew on working women in the city after 8 pm without prior permission from the Labour Department. This was the first reaction by the police after the report of a brutal gang-rape of a pub employee by six men. The police made no statement about the rapists. Later, however, the police put out a statement asserting they had been misquoted by the media.

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Here is a quick reckoner. In 2010, as many as 414 rape cases were reported in Delhi, the highest among 35 major cities in the country. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the conviction rate in rape cases in the capital was a dismal 34.6 percent. In case after case, courts have been acquitting the accused because of flawed first information reports (FIRs), erroneous procedures in collating medical evidence and shoddy investigation. Lawyers and women rights activists have continually been flagging the deep prejudice prevalent in the police against women in general and rape victims in particular, as the single biggest reason for the repeated failure of justice.

But instead of addressing core issues like poor conviction rates, under-reporting of rape cases by victims (studies indicate that for every reported case of rape, more than 50 go unreported), the lack of faith between the victim and the police and the insensitivity of the police personnel towards women, our police and ministers want to ban late-night work shifts or keep women away from unconventional jobs like bartenders.

HAVE WE created a system that instills fear in the heart of offenders, promotes deterrence and ensures that offenders get exemplary punishment? While we may have excellent statutes to deal with crimes against women, do we also have the police machinery to implement the law in its letter and spirit? Are police stations of the NCR being manned by professional and efficient police officers who can deliver justice to hapless women turning up at their doors?

TEHELKA decided to investigate the conduct and approach of Station House Officers (SHOs) and their deputies who are in charge of police stations in the NCR. These cops are the first point of contact for any victim of sexual assault when they have to lodge a complaint. The objective was to find out if there was any latent bias among the police personnel towards rape victims.

Sunil Kumar  SHO, Ghazipur, Delhi-NCR
Sunil Kumar SHO, Ghazipur, Delhi-NCR

Sunil Kumar 

SHO, Ghazipur, Delhi-NCR

‘Go to a pub in Greater Kailash, South Delhi, where there’s free entry for girls. You’ll find those who want to do ‘it’ for a thousand rupees. They’ll drink and also have sex with you. But the day someone uses force, it’s rape’

Rajan Bhagat Additional DCP PRO, Delhi Police
Rajan Bhagat Additional DCP PRO, Delhi Police

‘There is sensitisation at the induction level as well as specialised courses on the job. The objective is to handle women in crisis. In these courses, officers are apprised with latest court orders’

Rajan Bhagat
Additional DCP PRO, Delhi Police

In a two-week long investigation, TEHELKA undercover reporters posing as research scholars, visited 23 stations across the NCR and spoke to more than 30 policemen with experience of 20-30 years. The reporters did not make misogynistic comments or incite the policemen to say or do something they wouldn’t have otherwise said or done. The line of inquiry was to be completely neutral and non-partisan. And what we came back with was shocking.

Our two week long investigation reveals that the NCR, which houses some of the leading industries from around the world and where lakhs of women work alongside men, is policed by the cops with a 19th century mindset.

Every time a rape accused gets away due to shoddy investigations, it reinforces the cops’ belief: she had asked for it

Seventeen senior cops of over a dozen police stations across Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad were caught on spy camera blaming everything from fashionable or revealing clothes to having boyfriends to visiting pubs to consuming alcohol to working alongside men as the main reasons for instances of rape. ‘It’s always the woman who is at fault’ was in essence the argument offered by a majority of the cops. Many of them believe that genuine rape victims never approach the police and those who do are basically extortionists or have loose moral values. Others believe that the women from Northeast could never be victims of forced sex as they are invariably involved in the flesh trade. Even more shockingly, some of them are of the view that if a woman has consensual sex with one man, then she shouldn’t complain if his friends also join in. If a woman is doing late hours at the office then she had it coming… and the arguments keep coming.

IF THE police personnel are to be believed, everything from co-education to migration to cities to being independent and assertive and holding unconventional jobs are reasons for the rise in rape incidents across NCR. So mind-numbing are these admissions that one cannot help but wonder about the plight of the rape victims in mofussil towns and villages if the police in and around the capital is so deeply prejudiced. The TEHELKA expose warrants an urgent soul-searching at the highest levels of the police administration and demands immediate corrective steps in the police training and investigation.

Sample what Sunil Kumar, SHO, Ghazipur, East Delhi, had to say. “Go to a pub in South Delhi. Go to Greater Kailash where there is free entry for girls. Jinhone 1,000 rupaiye mein wo karna hai wo wahan jati hain. Daru bhi peeti hai aur aap ke saath sex bhi karti hai… Jis din koi thok dega rape ho jayega. (In these places you’ll find girls who want to do ‘it’ for Rs 1,000. They will drink and also have sex with you. The day somebody uses force, it becomes rape).”

THE FARCE Rajpal Yadav Add’l SHO, Sector 29, Gurgaon  ‘Girls from Darjeeling and Nepal have come here for business purposes. They go with men for money, but if the money isn’t enough, it becomes rape’
THE FARCE: Rajpal Yadav Add’l SHO, Sector 29, Gurgaon ‘Girls from Darjeeling and Nepal have come here for business purposes. They go with men for money, but if the money isn’t enough, it becomes rape’

Sub-Inspector Arjun Singh, SHO Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida, also pins the blame on the victim. “Ladkiya ek seemit daire main, seemit kapdon main nahi niklengi… to apne aap khichaon ho jata hai.Wo khichaon bhi aggressive kar deta hai ki kar do bas (If girls don’t stay within their boundaries, if they don’t wear appropriate clothes, then naturally there is attraction. This attraction makes men aggressive, prompting them to just do it).”

There’s also ethnic bias against those from the Northeast. Try RajpalYadav, Additional SHO of Sector 29, Gurgaon: “Yahan pe Darjeeling aur Nepal tak ki ladkiyan business purpose se aye hai… wo jaate bhade pe hain. Baad mein paisa nahi mila to rape case bata diya jata hai (Girls from Darjeeling and Nepal have come here for business purposes. They go with men for money. Later, when the money is not sufficient, it becomes a rape).”

In the two-week long investigation, TEHELKA undercover reporters visited five police stations in Gurgaon, six in Noida, four in Ghaziabad, two in Faridabad and six in Delhi. Out of the 30 policemen TEHELKA spoke to, 17 were extremely prejudiced, misogynist and shockingly insensitive towards rape victims. Five scored well on the enlightenment card.

DESPITE THE Noida Police facing flak for lewd comments about the victim and her family, Ram Kumar Malik, the investigating officer for the case of the girl raped by Class X students is unrepentant. TEHELKA captured Sub-Inspector Malik on camera brazenly pinning the blame yet again on the victim alone: “Is case mein jo real baat hai, ladki vodka peene ki habitual hai. Usne vodka party mangi, Rs 6,000 mein book ho gai. Physical relation ke liye 6,000 mange. Baad mein mukadma likha diya. Yeh real baat hai. Mere pass uske CDR call detail ka record hai; unka purana relation hai (The real issue here is that the girl is a habitual vodka drinker and had asked for a vodka party. She then demanded Rs 6,000 for sex. When the money wasn’t paid, she registered a rape complaint. I have her call records that establish she had a relationship with one of the accused).” Pointless to ask him how having a consensual relationship with one boy could warrant a girl being raped by 4 other boys.

Malik then turns his guns on the family and character of the girl: “Is ladki ki ma ka pehle hi divorce ho gaya. Aur wo ek Yadavji ke saath beth gayi. Uski umar 48 hai, admi 28 saal ka. Saath mein do ladkiyan. Behekna to tei ho gaya. Nahi ho gaya? (The girl’s mother is divorced. She’s living with another man from the Yadav community. She’s 48 whereas the man is 28. It’s inevitable the two daughters will be wayward, isn’t it?)

“Ab jab 48 saal ki ma, 28 saal ke purush ke saath so rahi hai, do jawan ladkiyan dekh rahi hain, unko bhi zaroorat hogi. Sex is like hunger,” he continues. (Now when two young girls watch their 48-year-old mother sleeping with a 28-year-old man, even they’ll be aroused. Sex is like hunger).”

Blaming the victim, however, is not limited to Malik. The attitude was generic and TEHELKA found many more subscribers in the system.

Digest what Jangsher Singh, SHO of the DLF Phase-2 Police Station, who is investigating the recent rape case of the 23-year-old pub worker, says:“Isme kuch nahi hai. Chote chote bacche the… Do baar ladki ne baat ki ladkon se. Compromise karna hai toh compromise karlo. Ladki ne khud bol diya… money toh hai hi yaar. Money ke saath sauda kiya jaata hai (This case is nothing. They were young kids. The girl spoke twice to the boys about striking a ‘compromise’. It’s all about money. It’s only with money deals are stuck).”

Jangsher makes it plain there was more than a hint of consensual sex in the Gurgaon gang-rape: “Cooperation hai. Bahut kam hai main manta hoon; one ya two percent jisme nahi hota…Consent main hi hua yeh (The girls cooperate. I believe it’s very rare that there will be no cooperation… This case too had the girl’s consent).”

Ram Kumar Malik Sub-Inspector and Investigating officer of a rape case in Noida Police
Ram Kumar Malik, Sub-Inspector and Investigating officer of a rape case in Noida Police

Ram Kumar Malik

Sub-Inspector and Investigating officer of a rape case in Noida Police

‘When two young girls see their 48-year-old divorced mother sleeping with a 28-year-old man, they’ll go wayward only. Even they’ll be aroused’

KK Sindhu Police Commissioner, Gurgaon
KK Sindhu Police Commissioner, Gurgaon

‘Gender sensitivity is part of training and in cases involving women, the issue is always handled by a female officer. In any case, women victims come to us with male family members’

KK Sindhu
Police Commissioner, Gurgaon

DISTURBINGLY, IN an endlessly frightening reiteration, the Gurgaon gang-rape case appears in the conversation of the Gurgaon Police only as a leitmotif of the girl’s culpability. TEHELKA captured conversations with the SHO as well as the additional SHO of Sector-29 Police Station, who otherwise have nothing to do with the ongoing investigation. Commenting on the girl’s character, SHO Jagdish Prasad said: “In the recent DLF case, the girl is 27-years-old, the boys are 18 to 20-years-old. They are kids. She was dancing with these kids in the bar… I am telling you she induced them… The girl came and gave her phone number to them.”

The big question that comes out of this is: if the police in the Delhi metropolitan area — with its exposure to modern idioms and supposed sensitivity to individual rights — nurtures such a mindset, what about the average cop in the hinterland? The thought is terrifying: is rape India’s most under-reported crime? Does anybody seriously believe that less than 25,000 women get raped in India each year?

The explanation for gang-rapes is bizarre. She must have been friendly with at least one of the rapists, goes the refrain

The officers TEHELKA encountered do not fulfil the basic standards of policing, which requires officers to investigate a case without any cultural, class or gender bias. Rather, the contrary seems true. Empathy for a rape victim seems an impossible ask. But in its place, there isn’t even neutrality. Everywhere, the dominant belief was that the woman was in the wrong and had invited assault upon herself. TEHELKA’s investigation, then, is not about individual viewpoints. It reveals a damagingly contorted psyche.

CAN YOU dress for rape? A great number of policemen believe that what a woman wears is one of the reasons for rape. A conservatively dressed woman is safe, but if her clothes are “suggestive”, then she’s asking for it. This is the norm.

Agar koi bhi bacche ko kisi ladki ka shareer kapdon ke andar se dikhega to usme uttejna paida hogi…Ladkiya jo hai unko yahan tak yahan tak (he gestures to mean that women should cover their entire body, then carries on speaking)… Skirt pehenti hai. Blouse dalti hai; poora nahi dalti hai. Dupatta nahi dalti. Apne aapko dikhawa karti hai. Baccha uske taraf akarshit hota hai (If a girl is wearing transparent clothes it will encourage lewd thoughts in any kid. Girls wear short skirts. They wear a blouse that leaves nothing to the imagination. They don’t wear dupattas. They flaunt their bodies. The kid naturally gets attracted to her),” says Satbir Singh, Additional SHO of Sector 31 Police Station, Faridabad.

Making a general sociological observation, Sub-Inspector Arjun Singh, SHO of Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida, also said: “Yeh (girl) itne kapde pehni hui hai; wo isiliye taaki log “mujhse akarshit ho aur mere saath kuch na kuch kare”. Isiliye ho jaati hai(She is dressed in a manner that people get attracted to her. In fact, she wants them to do something to her.)”

DO RAPES really happen? Many policemen are not even sure. Recognition of a crime as heinous as rape is something the police in the NCR do not appear to have come to terms with. Policeman after policeman insisted “real rape” cases were rare.

TEHELKA asked Yogender Singh Tomar, Additional SHO, Sector 39, Noida, if it was easy for a rape victim to approach the police. His answer left us shocked: “Aasaan nahi hota uske liye. Bezzati se sabhi darti hai. Akhbaar baazi se bhi darti hai. Asliyat main wahin aati hai jo dhande main lipt hoti hai (It’s never easy for the victim. Everyone is scared of humiliation. Everyone’s wary of media and society. In reality, the ones who complain are only those who have turned rape into a business).”

Sub-Inspector Roop Lal of Sector 40, Gurgaon, goes to the extent of making a distinction between a genuine and a fake rape. “Main rape cases, only 10 percent. Bilkul jo zabardasti rape hota hai, 10 percent. Baaki ke toh… (Only 10 percent of rape cases actually involve force; only 10 percent are genuine. The rest is…).” He leaves his sentence incomplete. It’s not difficult to understand what he wanted to say.

Roop Lal’s crudity is mirrored by other fellow officers. Two senior cops, Rajender Singh, Additional SHO of Old Faridabad Police Station, and Ramesh Kumar, senior sub inspector, are convinced rape cases generally involve consensual sex: “Hote hain par 70 percent aise hain, ki pehle sehmati ho gayi. Uske baad kisi ne dekh liya ya, usne paise dene se mana kar diya, toh woh balatkar ho gaya (There are cases but 70 percent involve consensual sex. Only if someone sees, or the money is denied, it gets turned into rape).”

From the point of view of cops, this begs the question: do rapes really happen? Again, bewildering as it may sound, 17 of the 30 policemen were convinced they rarely do.

Consider young Sub-Inspector Manoj Rawat of Noida’s Sector 24 Police Station.

Kya NCR mein rape hote hain? Akhbar mein nahi, fact pe aa jao. NCR mein har cheez mutual understanding se hoti hai. Mera personal view, one ya two percent NCR mein rape hote hain… Apas ki understanding hai, nahi ban paya, jahan 2 tha, wahan 3 ho gaye (Are there any rapes in NCR? Go by facts and not by what newspapers say. Everything in NCR happens with mutual understanding. My personal view is that there are one or two percent rape cases in NCR. If the understanding falls through, the exaggeration begins. Two becomes three).”

When it comes to gang-rapes, the explanation is even more bizarre. While the policemen admit that force is used, again the blame is pinned on the victim. She must have been friendly with at least one of the perpetrators goes the refrain.

Dharamveer Singh, Additional SHO at Indirapuram Police Station in Ghaziabad, said: “Bahut kum, minimum hota hai. Rare hota hai ki ek ladki ko 10 ladke zabardasti pakad le… car mein bhi koi innocent ladki nahi gayi hai. Wahi gayi jo kisi ladke ke saath sambandhit zaroor hai (It’s very rare that a girl is forcefully picked up by 10 boys. A girl who gets into a car with boys is never innocent. If she does, she definitely has a relationship with at least one of them).”

There is a sweeping consensus in listing ‘indecent’ clothing as a primary cause for rape, followed closely by ‘behaviour’

Roop Lal of Sector 40, Gurgaon, sought to find a rationale to the occurrence of gang-rape: “Jaise hum log baithe hai, zyaada daaru pee li. Chalte peeli. Behnchodh, phekh saala, phir to aise hi hoga. Raat bhar rakh li. Uska jawab kya degi wo apne gharwalon ko, ki jo ek ghante ke liye keh kar gayi hai, aur poori night main kahan gayi thi. To maa-baap to poochenge, bhai bhi poochega. Jinka samaaj hai woh to poochte hai (Say we are sitting and had one drink too many while on the move… it’s obvious that it’ll happen. Keep her for the entire night. What will she tell her parents? She was supposed to be away for an hour and has ended up being out the entire night. Parents will question, so will her brother. Society will ask questions.”

RK Sisodia, Additional SHO of Sector 20 Noida Police Station, had an entirely different opinion on the authenticity of rape cases. He was the only one to say that very few rape cases in NCR are false or questionable in nature. It was almost a surprise to hear him.

SEVERAL POLICE officers believe it’s a woman’s behaviour that is a prime reason and if it were not for “provocation” from her end, rapes wouldn’t happen.

When asked about sensitisation in the police, Inspector Sunil Kumar of Delhi Police shrugged away the query, saying rape is anyway the girl’s fault, particularly if she is a ‘Delhi girl’: “If a girl living in Delhi doesn’t want this trauma she will not encourage it. Suppose you are two people and I am a girl dating you both. I am flirting with one person and ignoring you, then after I see you jealous, I come to you. Then one day when he (the other person) is drunk, he might come with two-three friends and ask me to join him. I will then go with him with my wish. In a fit of vindictiveness, he will try to have sex with me, with or without my wish. But first, it is my fault because I courted disaster. No rape can happen in Delhi without the girl’s provocation.

Kumar had painted a scenario a script writer of a soap opera would find hard to concoct. Yet he believed — absolutely believed — this was everyday reality in large sections of Delhi society. Indeed, it appears as though there is almost a sweeping consensus in listing a woman’s “indecent” clothing as a primary cause for rape, followed closely by her “behaviour”, ranging from what they deemed promiscuous to just plain assertiveness. It’s almost as if a woman wearing a sari or a salwar kameez is never raped – though empirical evidence clearly suggests otherwise.

Sub-Inspector Roop Lal in Gurgaon even asked if women didn’t have a mind of their own. He explained his hypothesis: “Birthday ke sambandh main party do… aur woh akeli ladki hai, un teeno ke saath jaa rahi hai, aur dekh rahi hai ki saale daaru bhi pee rahe hai saath main. To yeh bilkul ladies ko pata hai is baat ka, ki kya hoga. Jab wo khud hi party karne lagi hai, to wo rape nahi keh sakte. Rape kaise kahoge? Daaru ke sang unke saath baith rahi hai… to dimag to tere main bhi hai, jab tu chatra hai kisliye party mang rahi hai, kisliye inke saath jaa rahi hai? (If a girl asks for a birthday party and is alone with 2-3 boys and sees they are drinking, she knows what is likely to happen. When she herself goes for such a party, she can’t complain of rape. How can you call it rape if she is sitting and drinking with them? You are a student and have brain of your own. Why are you going out with them?)”

IT’S ALL about money.” If this is not enough to shock you, a majority of the policemen said rape is used as a blackmailing tool to extort money. More than 17 officers spoke about a supposedly dirty nexus of money, mal-intent, compromises and sex.

Arjun Singh SHO, Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida
Arjun Singh, SHO, Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida

Arjun Singh
SHO, Surajpur Police Station, Greater Noida

‘If girls don’t stay within their boundaries, if they don’t wear appropriate clothes, then naturally there is attraction. This attraction makes men aggressive, prompting them to just do it (rape)’

Praveen kumar SSP, Noida
Praveen Kumar, SSP, Noida

‘Although a module on gender issues for new recruits exists, there are no training programmes. Public-police ratio has to increase only then can we spare them for courses in gender sensitivity’

Praveen kumar SSP, Noida

Satbir Singh, Additional SHO of Sector 31 Police Station, Faridabad has completed 27 years in service and investigated around 20 rape cases. He believes half of all rape charges were false. He was unapologetic about questioning the intent of rape victims when they came to file complaints: “One lakh. Two lakh. Fifty lakh. Logon ko ye pata chal gaya hai ki ye achcha paisa kamaane ka dhanda hai… business hai. Income source dhoond liya hai logon ne. Aam baat hai… kharcha nahi hota. Money nahi hote.Gharwale kharch ke liye paise nahi dete.Wo phir razabandi se kaam chalta hai(People have understood this is a lucrative trade for women; it’s business. They’ve found an income source. It’s common; you’re short of money, your parents don’t give you money to spend. You make compromises).”

THE FARCE Satbir Singh Add’l SHO, Sector-31 Police Station, Faridabad  ‘If a girl wears revealing clothes, it will encourage lewd thoughts in any kid. They wear short skirts, blouse, they don’t wear dupattas, they flaunt their bodies. The kid naturally will get attracted to her’
THE FARCE Satbir Singh Add’l SHO, Sector-31 Police Station, Faridabad ‘If a girl wears revealing clothes, it will encourage lewd thoughts in any kid. They wear short skirts, blouse, they don’t wear dupattas, they flaunt their bodies. The kid naturally will get attracted to her’

Vijay Kumar, a young sub-inspector working under Satbir Singh, also shares similar views. Amazingly, so does Rajbala, a young lady investigating officer at the station. “90 percent to aise hi hote hai…” she said, as SHO Satbir talks about money being the biggest factor behind rape cases.

Sector 29 Police Station, as it’s SHO Jagdish Prasad points out, registered 10 rape cases from 2005-2010. Conviction happened in two of them. Here too, it’s troubling to see two young, 20-something English-speaking Sub-Inspectors, Naveen and Vipin, have deep prejudices against independent women. “It’s all for enjoyment,” said Vipin at one point, supporting his senior’s argument.

This kind of gender stereotyping is not limited to the outskirts of the NCR. In the heart of Delhi, Inspector Sunil Kumar, SHO of Ghazipur Police Station was similarly judgmental: “Someone will say I will give you Rs 1,000 or Rs 2,000 but afterwards they give Rs 500. Then it becomes rape. And no one in the world will listen to me. I might say she asked for Rs 1,000, I gave Rs 500. But our law says very clearly — if a girl says she was raped then she was raped. No excuses there. It is final.” His tone was sympathetic — to the person charged with rape.

Apart from a general suspicion towards any woman who complains of rape, the class bias was unmistakable in several stations — the argument being insensitive enough to be seen as condoning the act. Rape victims from poor backgrounds are looking for money, and the ones from affluent families are simply wayward and easy: it’s all so neat.

Oonche gharon ki ladkiyan hain; jinke saath setting hoti hai uske saath chali jati hai, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 rupiyo ke liye (These girls are from affluent families; they go with anyone who they have a setting with for money),” said Additional Sub-Inspector Vikas Kumar of Sector 29 Police Station in Gurgaon. His colleague and Additional SHO of the station, Rajpal Yadav also had his reasoning for rape cases involving women from affluent classes; “Sharaab bhi peeti hain ladkiyan… log fayda toh uthainge hi. Hookah bar, smack, ganja, nasha, tambakoo (These girls tend to drink… people will naturally take advantage. They do everything from hookah bars to smack to ganja and tobacco).”

When it comes to victims from economically backward families, the comments get cruder. For instance, Yoginder Singh Tomar of Noida believed rapes happened only among lower castes and lower classes: “Upper caste toh nahi aati. Upper caste ki to mukkadma hi darj nahi hota. Aata hi nahi koi. Hota hi nahi hai. Ab hota hoga toh humaare paas nahi aa rahe hai (Upper caste people never file rape complaints. Rape never happens there. If it happens, it never comes to us).”

THE BAGGAGE of cultural prejudice a policeman carries to the police station is not only unprofessional but also dangerous as it ensures a bias from the very onset of an investigation. This invariably leads to loopholes in the probe and becomes a road-block in deliverance of justice. If investigators are to be believed, their experience of rape cases has given them an understanding that everything from co-education to alcohol, films and comfortable relationships are prime reasons for rape.

Yahan log bahar se aaye hain… Filmon main dekh rahe hai. Bilkul nangapan saa aagaya hai yahan par. Filmon ko dekh kar yeh sab ho raha hai; nashe ki aadat pad gayi hai. Bahar se aye hue hain woh apne culture koh jo Indian culture hai usko chhod rahe hain (People have come from outside. They watch films and get influenced. There is complete nudity; people have taken to alcohol. Also, outsiders, from outside NCR, have forgotten Indian culture),” is Sub-Inspector Rajpal Yadav’s rationale for rapes.

How can such a police force discharge its constitutional duty of prosecuting sex offenders successfully?

HOWEVER, IN Delhi, TEHELKA found that of the six stations it visited, three had police officers who were professional and sensitised towards cases of violence against women. Additional SHO, Inspector Thakeshwar Singh of Sangam Vihar Police Station, pointed out there were compromises between the victim’s side and the perpetrator’s side but not necessarily due to money: “There’s social stigma attached to a rape victim, making it difficult for her to tirelessly pursue the case.”

THE FARCE Yogender Singh Tomar  Add’l SHO, Sector 39 Police Station, Noida  ‘It’s never easy for the victim. Everyone is scared of humiliation. Everyone’s wary of media and society. In reality, the ones who complain are those who have made rape a business’
THE FARCE Yogender Singh Tomar Add’l SHO, Sector 39 Police Station, Noida ‘It’s never easy for the victim. Everyone is scared of humiliation. Everyone’s wary of media and society. In reality, the ones who complain are those who have made rape a business’

The Delhi Police insists it has a gender sensitivity programme in place. There is a rape crisis intervention centre in every district and a women’s help desk in every police station. “There is sensitisation at the induction level as well as promotional and specialised courses on the job. The objective is to handle women in crisis. In these courses officers are apprised with latest court orders,” said Additional DCP Rajan Bhagat, PRO Delhi Police.

Yet inside these police stations and behind those nice-sounding phrases is a much harsher reality. The lack of training and sensitisation is evident. Praveen Kumar, SSP Noida, felt there was need for sensitisation at the working level. “Although there is a module on gender issues for new recruits, there are no training programmes for people in service. There is training at the induction level but not at short intervals since there is shortage of manpower. If those policemen are sent for training who would man the police posts? Public-police ratio has to increase only then can we spare them for courses in gender sensitivity,” he said.

However, Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, KK Sindhu felt there was no real need for sensitisation as all cases related to women were handled by ladies. The Gurgaon Police chief was of the opinion that women were usually accompanied by men if they had to visit a police station. “Women are inseparable from family in an Indian set-up. There is always a male accompanying them to a police station. Gender sensitivity is part of training and, in cases involving women, the issue is always handled by a woman investigating officer.”

GIVEN THAT these extremely disturbing attitudes exist in agencies that are meant for the protection of harassed women, it comes as little surprise that rapes continue unabated. Six rape cases were reported from different parts of the NCR during the two weeks TEHELKA reporters were out in the field meeting policemen. While the men in uniform have a spectrum of reasons to rationalise rise in rape occurrence, there is little acknowledgment of the fact that perhaps better policing and instilling a fear of the law among the perpetrators could make women feel that much safer.

This prejudice breeds a vicious cycle. It makes investigation slothful and lackadaisical and as a result the conviction rate in rape cases is appallingly low. This, in turn, allows potential sex criminals to get away with anything, even an open-and-shut case of rape. And each time this happens, to the average policeman it only reinforces what he thinks he already knows: “She asked for it.”

Abhishek Bhalla is a Senior Special Correspondent with Tehelka.

G Vishnu is a Correspondent with Tehelka.


  1. Arresting a rapist is a post-mortem. How do u prevent rape? Equip every woman with pepper spray & a low cost high freq alarm which will scare the rapists and it will alert the people in the area

    • How do you equip a five year old girl?
      Five minors raped in one month.
      Disgusting and disgraceful, there is something drastically wrong with the Law and order situation in this country.
      We are living in a sick society and the security is only for politicians in this country.
      God have mercy on these innocent vicyims.
      SHAME on this country.

  2. You have really got to be kidding me!!! Hell….
    Another insensitive suggestion but because they are nothing more then a drawing room suggestion with no substance or research behind them!

    I don’t wanna go on and on with the reasons why your views are Crazy Mr. POLICE…
    The law needs to be change to award the death penalty to a rapist, Period. There is no other solution! There should be a quick verdict on it and the sentence should be carried out within 1 month of the verdict with no appeals.
    We all know how that works!!!

    Change people Change

    • Prateek Agree with you suggestion, same time we need to bring changes in our society we need to make sure we will go for early Marriages and make marriage a e easy process instead of tough, in Indian culture a person could not marry untill he finished all his reponsiblilties etc..

      • Sorry – but how does ‘early marriage’ prevent rape? Do rapists inquire about a woman’s marital status before raping? Please stop spreading your medieval views all over the place – go get an education, get real, otherwise jump off a cliff for being such a grotesque burden on society.

        Apparently you think rape happens because men want sex. Are you stupid? Married men rape their wives. Married men rape their children, their nieces and nephews. Married men rape strangers. Look up the statistics on rape in India – more than 70% of it is perpetrated by men upon their own families – wives, children, relatives.

        Stone Age men like you are the problem.

          • Marriage does not mean sex on demand. Every sex act has to be consensual whether dating or married. Marriage does not mean ownership of the wife, transforming her into a chattel to which the husband can do anything anytime. Views like yours make me dispare about the state of men in India.

          • HI ‘Sh’ this is the reply for you. (No REPLY option under your post)

            Now I understand it and thanks. BTW, Does it the same on the other way round also. I mean if a wife want sex and husband agrees for it then you would call ‘Wife rapes the husband’.. May be you would….

            Dear please also understand ‘consensual’ all comes after one of them start expresses their desire and other adjusting to that situation and on on & on. This is what all about marriage life and not only for sex. If you are already married change your thinking too .. if not please DON’T Marry anyone then spoil his life.

          • Dear Moron… Like she said marriage does not mean owing the wife… And No, it also does not mean that just because you want sex then your wife should ‘adjust’ to your demands… See I know you are old schooled and have the brain power of a piece of rock but if you dont understand the basics of human dignity then I would love to break your face in so that the right information seeps through… Please go kill yourself and rid us of your stupidity…

    • Law and order, capital punishment for rapist and hanging within 7 days…JUSTICE is deprived !!!

      Just a few instances would change the nation’s every jumping monkey and his free flowing adventurous imagination of rape !!!

      By the way no body is confused… sympathy for rapist and not the victim, blaming the victim and not to report, reporting the crime and no FIR… everything would be solved very soon just and just if law is implemented.

      Social sense, moral sense, historically popular Indian culture … trust me everything would be back in place and the country would be free from such trauma for a very large extent.

      That’s why our police is as responsible as the rapist. Our government is as responsible as the ineffective policing and our people are as responsible as the government… blind for blind vicious circle !!!

  3. By saying 414 rapes happened in Delhi in 2010, does that show the real facet of the situation? Have you heard of “Promise Of Marriage” cases? Out of 414, how many cases were forceful attacks? We have to first classify this crime into several forms and should stop generalizing it. Unless we don’t do it, only innocents accused would keep getting convicted and real culprits and criminals shall stay at large.

    • You know Saurabh there should be a law where Dimwits with single digit IQ with no understanding of what the fuck is going on around you, should be banished from communicating with the world…..PERIOD. Hope you dont have daughters/mother/sister/wife etc at home…you dont deserve any female contact.

      • actually what saurabh has said is absolutely prudent…see you are a woman…you obviously want the world to hand you out everything simply because you are a woman….and it has been happening since the dawn of civilization …what you are asking is…to give woman the power to point her finger and the man she points it at should get crusified with extreme prejudice…and while you want this you give your middle finger(probably studded with a diamond you boyfriend gave you) to the legal system and police procedures… say all men are evil rapinst…and all women are divine saints….and i say BULLLLLLSHHHHIIIITTTTTTTT 😀

        • Yes yes we know your name is Bullshit… But who cares when your brain is bullshit too… I didn’t realize that women were being handed out favors since ‘the dawn of civilization’… What I do remember is that Sati was a common practice… Also we still carry the proud tradition of killing little girls for being born as little girls… That is what we so-celled ‘men’ have been handing out to them… Nice cut in with the ‘boyfriend’ remark by the way… Just taking a cue from that I would also like to insinuate that your dad is a leaper and you were born out of a torn condom and hence are a product of a mistake… See how easy it is to insinuate…? So damn easy and it totally fits you… You are welcome…

          • blah blah blah….stop tongue punching her fartbox by being mean to me…search for some other ways to do so you man-whore…you looking for some balls deep action on the internet???why dont you just get lost and strangle yourself with a rope made out of female pubic hair?? and blah blah blah “insinuate” i know very well there is a limit to your vocabulary …dont try to sell yourself as some human rights vigilante ….i see keyboard warring invertebrates like you EVERYDAY…they dont matter worth swine shit….so go and bore some1 else…

      • @Deepa Looking at your language itself is enough to make people think about supporting the females like you. If someone supports you but differs on some view point then looks like you would abuse the man. And that is the thankfulness and respect you have towards the men. Strange to note that people like you demand respect and in return give such insulting comments to the males the moment they differ with your view point. That is unacceptable and I have strong objections to your language towards a man

        • well, SC, He provoked her. So, blame him. He is the culprit. His idiocy provoked her so much that now she is bound to say something in this indecent language. BLAME HIM.

    • Saurabh, I think a more sensitive way of saying that is out of 414 cases, how many are actually found to be legitimate?

      Due to the emotional cost of raising this case, i would find it incredible to think a women (there are female on male rape cases too) would pursue such a case, however one cannot underestimate the power of anger and revenge as a motive in individual cases. But these i expect this to be small percentage of the large number of legitimate cases.

      In an ideal scenario 100% should be found guilty, certainly for every reported case there is a multiplier for unreported cases. As police are the best funded in supporting rape cases throught the courts, it is sad that there is little support.

      the primary difficulty of getting rapists punished is an institutional issue. This article shows this in clear light.

      Another damn good tehelka piece.

      • dear maha, it is simply impossible for a woman to rape a man, because there is no coitus without penetration, and penetrating is impossible without erection, and erection is impossible without the man being sexually aroused, that is enjoying, that is consenting with all his might.Women, unfortunately, have a hole installed on for life, and can thus be penetrated by force. THAT IS WHY THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE RAPED, AND NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND.

    • Oh yes Saurabh – you are only saying what the cops say – most rape accused are innocent aren’t they? Poor men. All these evil loose women about and the men get blamed. You are a perfect example of why rape is tolerated in our society. Get an education and get over your hatred of women and your sense of male privilege. Your statement is typical of what rapists, bride-burners, wife-beaters etc say to justify their grotesque and inhumane attitudes

      • @Smita Wake up to think about the misuse of the laws. ‘Poor men’ is what you said right??? We all should be ashamed of such comments by you because you are not ready to accept that there could be misuse of the laws and there could be some false accusations as well. What makes you think that the man is always wrong and the woman is always right. What has given you the right to say that all men who are accused are really wrong. Why aren’t you ready to

      • @Smita Wake up to think about the misuse of the laws. ‘Poor men’ is what you said right??? We all should be ashamed of such comments by you because you are not ready to accept that there could be misuse of the laws and there could be some false accusations as well. What makes you think that the man is always wrong and the woman is always right. What has given you the right to say that all men who are accused are really wrong. Why aren’t you ready to accept thatt women who make false accusations against innocent men should be named and punished.

      • @Smita Wake up to think about the misuse of the laws. ‘Poor men’ is what you said right??? We all should be ashamed of such comments by you because you are not ready to accept that there could be misuse of the laws and there could be some false accusations as well. What makes you think that the man is always wrong and the woman is always right. What has given you the right to say that all men who are accused are really wrong.
        Your statement is typical of the women who would be ready to misuse the laws and to frame innocent men and spoil and taint their lives.

      • @Smita Wake up to think about the misuse of the laws. ‘Poor men’ is what you said right??? We all should be ashamed of such comments by you because you are not ready to accept that there could be misuse of the laws and there could be some false accusations as well. What makes you think that the man is always wrong and the woman is always right. What has given you the right to say that all men who are accused are really wrong.

        Your statement is typical of the women who would be ready to misuse the laws and to frame innocent men and spoil and taint their lives.

        Why aren’t you ready to accept the truth that the false accusations is a big concern.

        • In every society there is the chance that rape accusations are false. That is why specialised teams are needed to handle rape accusations – people who are trained to recognise accurately when rape has taken place while AT THE SAME TIME treating the victims with respect and delicacy. You seem to be suggesting that, because SOME women lie, ALL rape reports should be disbelieved! – Why not take it further? Some people lie about robbery to claim from insurance – away with robbery reports! Most murderers lie about the murder – away with murder investigations! Some policemen lie about being corrupt and inefficient- no more investigations into the police! ..h’mmm, think that last one might be taken up…

          • @Woodhouse But you seem to think that men don’t need to be treated with respect. what makes you think that majority of the accusations are true. What makes you think that the accused is guilty just because someone pointed a finger at him
            It should not be forgotten that men have their self respect
            too and a falsely accused guy loses his dignity just because people like you want to treat the so called victims with delicacy.
            Read the below link and you will understand.

    • Right Saurabh. It is required to think how many are actually true accusations and how many are actually out of personal enmity or to settle scores with the men leading to misuse of the laws and spoiling the life of an innocent man that I believe in our today’s world is not considered important.

  4. I was horrified after reading this report. Those demons sitting in the police stations should be thrown out and replaced with professionally trained officers who would empathize with the victims of this heinous crime.

    The public is bombarded with sexuality and eroticism in the movies, ads and through other media. This is leading to depravity, especially among the youth.

    We need to instill proper values in our youth and not allow them to blindly follow popular culture.

    Introducing the death penalty for rapists should serve as a strong deterrent.

    • Exactly! And the one leader of them in ‘ideal’ media houses is Bennett, Coleman and Co Ltd (also known as The Times Group and Indiatimes Group) which main job is to promote prostitution and communalism as much as they can. And they are much ahead to promote prostitution that they even link sex related articles to the page related to rape-news articles.

  5. Are there no women police officers in Delhi/NCR region?
    When misogyny is being spoken of as a reason, can’t this be counteracted by women officers handling such cases? I don’t think all women officers will see it the way men officers are seeing this.
    To me, the reason provided by the Police in a way looks like an excuse to prevent/control/take action against rape cases.

    • Most police stations don’t have any female officers on duty at night because even women cops don’t trust their fellow officers! Do you remember the incident a year ago when a group of men who were in Delhi for police training harassed girls from North campus colleges? These are the kind of people who end up becoming police officers. Barely educated, belonging to rural, patriarchal setups, feudal mindsets, no gender sensitivity, frustration caused by long work hours and low salaries, powerless…no wonder our police is hopeless at deterring crime and inspire zero confidence.

      • well mister braj kishore i’d say you are a pussy-whipped chutiya of the highest order….UPSc and state PSCs already reserve a 50% for sc/st/obcs and you statement is in direct contradiction of section 15(2) of indian constitution..which states noone will be discriminated on account of gender…and you are discriminating against men , in favour of women..but thankfully it NOT upto you to make that decision …police is a position of great power and privilege and one has to study real hard to get it….and I am totally against giving this kind of power out for free….I am a MAN and i want to join police force..and YOU are advocating 90% reservation for women??your intentions(although stupid and insignifiCUNT like yourself) are hurtful to my aspirations..and I wish people like you die like a cockroach hit by a bata slipper

        • Except that you forget that since you are the insect here but please keep barking like what you say matters… I support 90% reservations for women in the police force… It will in all probability keep money-policemen like you out of the system… Also you might think I’m being rude to you but thats because I’m your Dad… Its true, that person who calls u son was an impotent needle dick you see… So I gave your family my seed you see? I thought good values can be transmitted through sperm but obviously in the end your ‘unculture’ is demonstrated by your upbringing… What a waste of my sperm…

          • calm your tits you menstrual worm….like i said…its not upto YOU….baying for my blood won’t get you some…only human blood you will ever get on your hands is the period blood out of your sister’s tampon which you sniff from time to time to pleasure yourself….it does not matter what you support…its ain’t gonna happen./ simple as that….son your birth certificate is a apology letter from the condom factory…just because you like to wear lingerie it does not mean all men do… plz keep your opinions to yourself unless you have something logical to contribute ….

          • Is pathetic that you did not understand or rather try to understand Doremon’s and Sourabh’s point. Please think about the facts when the accusations are out of some personal enmity or to settle some scores. Are you trying to say that there absolutely no misuse of the laws. No. You are wrong. Wake up to look around and try to explore why it is being said. What if you face quarrel with some female and she hits you and then accuses you of some thing wrong. Think about it from a neutral perspective.

      • @Deepa/Others – with all due respect to those who have suffered. I would tell you to accept the fact about loop holes for the misuse of the laws and that is being said in the video. What if your brother or male relative faces some false accusations.

        I am not saying that the language of the people is right or wrong. But I want to tell you that Doremon and Sourabh are correct in saying that false accusations also are there. Think about it from the neutral perspective. All men are standing for women but lots of women are doing nothing but criticising the men in general. Not acceptable at all

        Why is it you think there are no false accusations. Do you know what it is to face punishment on the basis of false accusations. You implied it rather conveniently that there is no such thing like a false accusation. Wake up and accept the fact that it is true.

        Why shouldn’t we have severe punishments for females who misuse the laws and spoil an innocent man’s life forever simply because she wanted to get back at the man for some personal enmity or settle scores.

  6. Why did they only interview Men; if you want to take it as a study come with a real picture TEHELKA guys when you are giving the side of what Lady Police have experienced?
    These guys I suppose are like the last generation- most of whom will certainly blame this generations’s women having a more western lifestyle!

    Another point: Extend the study by interviewing the views of law-keeepers of those states where rape cases are less in number? That’s how you can understand the dynamics and make a change to it.

  7. death penalty wont help if the case will be in court for 6-7 years, we actually need REAL FAST TRACK COURT and equally fast track punishment, whether its death or life imprisonment. CONVICTION SHOULD BE HIGH … VERY HIGH FOR THE LAW TO BE EFFECTIVE AND TO ACT AS DETERRENT.

  8. The greatest problem is that the criminal does not get severely punished. They don’t fear the law. If there’s no fear then these cases will continue. Instead of blundering stupidity and blaming women, their clothing, their profession etc the police need to install fear in the minds of the sex criminals and the law should be unforgiving so that a woman can live a free life in this society.

  9. Good job done by Tehelka, as always. Shame on the policemen who talk so low of women, in general!! the policemen have no right to sit where they are sitting and pass such cheap comments on women, what if they chose to work in bars?? there is nothing wrong in doing so – a job is a job, be it in an MNC or a bar!!! These rapists must be hanged untill death.! It is Such a shame that even in this day and age there is this gender bias! men can do anything and get away with it and women are not supposed to as much as dress as they wish!! My heart goes out to this latest victim, who is battling for her life… Even if she comes out, she will not be able to lead a normal life, as she has been scarred mentally and physically, for the rest of her life!

    • We blame the police – look at who the police force consists of. Very few women, and most of the women who are police have the same views as their male counterparts. Police in general, are uneducated. Like fire and police personnel in the US, people who want to join the force do not need high education or college degrees. Training is great, but they have no real education to even form rational opinions on the subject of women, and rape.

  10. Fantastic piece & so good that there is some proper attention being paid to the issues of rape, in the media at least. Whereas women should equip themselves (pepper spray,etc) what about the root cause of the problem? Educate people NOT to rape, deter people with tougher penalties. Rape is as much about inflicting power over someone, as anything else – why does this happen?

  11. Along with @Prateek Yadav, Many of them saying about the problems, no one discussion the solution. Clothing, behavior is halt not a solution.

  12. Forced sex is rape. Period. No need for this SOB cops to give us reasons about why they do happen. We, the taxpayers are paying your A$$ to protect us, punish the wrongdoers and basically just do your damm duty and rather than doing that if they are trying to give these dumb excuses, they should be fired enmasse.

    Actual Reasons
    Most of these cops are uneducated or under-educated and they get their jobs by paying bribes and through favors (Even if they show a graduate degree, its usually fake or from an “open university”. Solution : Make the hiring process more transparent and strict and also make sure they get rigorous testing, not just physical but mental training before being assigned duty.
    Training : From their behavior, I think the training they undergo is just a formality where there is nothing much done and they eventually pass out without learning anything. Solution : Make training more transparent, stricter under able administration and most importantly make sure being nice to people, hearing them out, working for them etc are given a priority.
    Special Victims Unit ? : I have noticed in foreign countries specially US, there is a seperate unit for crimes committed against woman and kids where specially trained officers are assigned to deal with such cases. Why not make a such a special Victims unit where the officers are given special training to deal with rape, child molestation etc?
    Stricter punishment : Rape should be made a capital offence. Period.
    Apart from this, I think Delhi is a rape capital because a lot of this criminals are politically well connected and they think that their parents and family will eventually save them from police or buy off the victims.

    • @Kamaal:

      # Most of these cops are uneducated or under-educated and they get their jobs by paying bribes and through favors (Even if they show a graduate degree, its usually fake or from an “open university”.#

      There have been one too many rapes by educated men too, FYI. So blaming the education of the cops alone won’t help. Haven’t you heard of IAS officers setting their wives on fire for dowry? So, it is all about the mindset that looks to the West, but is stuck and rusted.

      And, so many adivasi and Dalit women are raped each day. Any outcry for them? None.

      • @Priyanka : Being literate doesn’t mean being educated. An illiterate man can be educated about morality by by their parents, family, gurus maulvis et all. Plus, from my other points, note that I have mentioned better training to them as one of the solutions…educating cops about how to treat victims or even alleged victims. I agree with you that blaming just one thing, in this case education won’t work and thats why I listed out a all the solutions I can think of.
        Other comments also provided some awesome solutions like fast track courts, self defense training for girls, pepper sprays etc.
        Also, yes there isn’t much talked about adivasis and dalit women and it must be done but it doesn’t mean that an outcry against such frequent abhorrent crimes in nation’s capital is not justified.

  13. Interesting!! The Law that says ” If the woman says she is raped then its rape, and its completely final”; this is complete crap. Free-moving girls envelop the Delhi NCR. Many are costly harlots or cheap pimps. First they don’t have a thing called shame and the their name doesn’t go published in Media therefore they take advantage and earn good money through these means like acting being raped. There are genuine rape cases as well but very low comparatively with the faked ones where women go drink with a bunch of guys and then use the advantage of that above Filthy Law statement to get good money.

    Policemen should not directly criticize about the skimpy dresses women wear. Delhi is a hot place, it is the capital. Tourists from all over the world comes here and they wear even more revealing dresses. Should the people not be educated by themselves and try to learn and accept this globalization? If policemen are saying so, then when a tourist gets raped will they give the same answer to the general public that she was being raped because she was wearing revealing and sexually inviting dress? If there is no answer, you are the Law Keepers educate them at least. You must be doing but that’s not enough. Our Law Keepers should understand how our cultures are mixing, the globalization effect on the common people, the industries that have come up, the bars, the discs! You cannot stop this evolution.

    • Hey @ Yeliseol! A rape is a rape! If somebody says no and means it then forced sex is rape. be it a whatever character girl! how will u like it somebody enters ur body forcibly? ur own people if face the same situation will u give the same statement. If a girl is sex worker do all the men have the right to have free sex with her! ur views are amazing man! psychos think this way, who want to justify rape thy r sick people! people who rape women are impotent to normal girls and try to prove their manhood on poor victims.. they r utterly sick bastards

      • @Anonymous Looks like you did not read Yeliseol’s article properly who wrote that there is possibility of false accusations or where it is conscentual. Even if it is under the influence of the alcohol then it is conscentual because both are drunk (in case it is not forced).

  14. Maybe what parents need to train their daughters in is not arts or sports or different skills to prepare them for the marriage market but DEFENCE SKILLS! Maybe martial arts should be made mandatory for our future generations in school..

    You can even forget text book education.. What with more and more reservation coming up merit will have zero value soon!

  15. Well , writing and arguing will not solve any problem. This journalist and you people commenting cannot do anything. The Fact is you are all POOR PEOPLE. THIS IS OUR INDIA. THE MIDDLE MEN (AAM AADMI) ARE BASICALLY POOR PEOPLE TRYING TO FILL THEIR STOMACH. ALL POOR PEOPLE CANT DO ANYTHING IN INDIA. THIS COUNTRY IS GOVERNED BY RICH PEOPLE.

    and sry for the harsh comment

    • “India is ruled by RICH people…” and “HAPPY TO BE BORN IN A RICH FAMILY…”
      So, it means, you govern us or something similar, so,well, you have a better option then, Mr. Ruhar?

    • You are right about the need for behavioral unit of special crimes like rape , assault , minor trafficking where Police officers are taught on a professional basis .In the US the FBI gets involved if underage minors or serial rapists are the problem. In India if Law enforcement presents itself as the first obstacle , the answer lies in more mainstream youngsters wanting to enter the field of law enforcement not people for whom there is no other recourse It appears that the Whore”( girls who work late at night or in bars) and “Madonna syndrome”( Mothers, sisters and conservative family members) needs to be addressed as a societal study .it could be an anthropological issue on how the female species is viewed in a conservative society on a collision course with globalization

  16. “Hustice by event” and “Justice by preferred crime” catches on in a Nation of ailed courts of law, where “governance”, “equality under law” and “rule of law” are a confused and fading memory.
    Death Penalty has atleast four distinct benefits.

    1) closure for those who have connections to the victims 2) sets an example and serves as a deterrent of sorts to other adventurers 3) eliminates bad genes from the genetic pool 4)saves money that society might otherwise have to waste on keeping the criminal alive. The one trumping argument against it is that in countries like India that lack competent police force and judicial system with sufficient integrity, the miscarriage of justice is rife and capital punishment could actually encourage VIPs to get their own crimes closed by eliminating their personal enemies as “perpetrators”. The frequent “innocent when guilty” tag that attaches to clients of the ruling (looting) elites and “guilty even if innocent” tag attached to their opponents over the last sixty five years in full public gaze says that corrupt, fascist, omni-shambles like India are better off without the death penalty or other irreversible punishments. In an aside, few things could have distracted public attention and memory from ShindeG’s affair with one Rehman Malik and HafeezG SaeedG than the bus rape. Convenient?

    If one type of crime is given higher priority, the message is: the other crimes are OK. One cannot have fast track courts for types of crime and still establish an evironment of “rule of law”. One must have rapid dispensation of every crime recorded as a crime in the Indian Penal Code. There must be clear equality under the law, and justice must be see to be done. Very quickly in all cases.

    In a corrupt fascist omnishambles like India, there is also the political climate. SoniaG’s PratibhaG (The Rashtra Pathni) pardoned 42 supreme court death penalty convictions. The 42nd was a man convicted for raping and murdering a 14 year old. The between the lines message to India from Lutyen’s drawing room is clear and unambiguous. Rape is OK, Murder is OK. So (the Rashtra Potty this time) is retrospective legislation for plucking the profits from selected individuals! So much for intellectual romanticism about “the Rule of Law” (!)

    From “Democratic Republic” to “Sociometricocracy” to “Fascist Omnishambles” thanks to the “Quota-Corruption” Raj in just sixty five years!

  17. It’s not a surprise that the police has an explanation that absolves them of blame. In effect, the logic behind their misogynistic statements goes thus “the police does its job very well, the causes of crime are those that are outside our control”. Of course they are wrong, but what they are saying is simply a way of protecting themselves. Everyone asking for capital punishment is doing exactly the same – demonizing the culprit so that society does not have to share the blame. Of course policing can be stronger, but we have to evaluate our role in rape becoming an epidemic. Parliamentarians are openly saying that after rape a woman’s life is over. With stigma like that I don’t consider them worthy of passing judgement on the rapist. Women’s rights groups are calling for castration and capital punishment. Like more violence is the solution we need. Why not hang thieves too – that’ll take care of burglary too. Why not hang people for speeding? And also for smoking in public places? No one is willing to admit that our nation just doesn’t have a mature attitude towards (i) sexuality, (ii) violence and aggression, and (iii) mental health. You cannot just blame the police for this. Nor can you blame “Indian men” (op ed in The Hindu). A majority of those committing heinous crimes are have a weak educational background and are mentally unstable. A mentally unstable person who has grown up in a deprived situation with poor parenting is not in a condition to distinguish between right and wrong. And we have too many people like this in our country. Let’s focus on getting proper education and mental health care/ counseling to everyone, along with protecting the dignity of victims, and improving policing as well. But there a no easy answers and no single party can assume all of the blame.

  18. @ ruhar…..dats wat u can do praised to b rich…first u cant do anything cant even think to help ur poor country…dont waste ur precious time on comments better go n enjoy with ur fathers hard earned money…..

  19. We need to address how we as a society are implicated in producing such levels of violence against women, which is increasingly being tolerated and even normalised. This is not just an act committed by some sick inhuman men

  20. whoa….i sense so much self pity in this thread..if we look at facebook several mangina guys have declared that they are ashamed of being men….this is the kind of dream world we live in..FACE IT…a girl got RAPED…happens every frikkin day in rural india….no one raises so much hue and cry over it…but a rape in DELHIIIIIIII ????? WHHHHAAAAAT???? and the air is full of sounds of “CASTRATE THEM!!!!!!!,BOIL THEM ALIVE,!!!!!!!CUT THEIR BALLLS!!!!!SHOOT THEM IN PUBLIC” LOL you delusional pricks should leave earth and live on moon coz earth will always be so violent for the likes of you…some people go a step further and stay bull shit like the one by @pPRIYANKA who said [[[[[ “There have been one too many rapes by educated men too, FYI. So blaming the education of the cops alone won’t help. Haven’t you heard of IAS officers setting their wives on fire for dowry?”]]]]] ROFL as if education is some kind of chemical agent that castrates men of their carnal desires???? in terms of biology minus human value system —a “rape victim====unwilling recipient of sperm” and nothing else….face it….and any comment that says “what if it happens to your mother and sister” will be considered a bullshit shaming tactic frequently used by pussy whipped white knights …because anything can happen to anybody and in today’s cushy world with its pansy-ass norms people just won’t accept it

    • Doremon, clearly you are ready to face all the violence in this world and are possibly unconcerned with it getting further violent. You should be sent to prisons where other male criminals will welcome your non- ‘pussy whipped white knight’ ass.
      You live in a society and enjoy the liberties and securities it provides you – please contribute to its safety, else let other people doing good work get on with it.
      Actually research has shown that the incidents of rape go down sharply in societies that are educated. No one is saying that males with carnal desires should be castrated. It is when they think that they can forces a woman into having sex with them, they need to be castrated. Lets see if I can make this easier for you with a very simplistic analogy – a man may want money (and we will not punish him for it), its only when he steals money will we punish him for it. Geddit?!! And if the mother/sister shame tactics dont work on you, imagine it happening to yourself (it is possible – there are gay rapists around as well) and then get your worked up.

      • yea i understand you are just another vajayjay wielding female who has a severe entitlement syndrome propagated by western society …learn to read between the lines before praying to god to get me raped….your god won’t listen…if you keep pestering him you will be disappointed ….NOW…men are physically stronger then men i expect you will take cognizance of this FACT….so this should imply that ALL men are raping women…..well i don’t think that is the case ….its less then 1% of male population involved in sexual crimes….BUT…ALL men are being shamed as of now….with your brainless placards saying “REAL MEN DON’T RAPE”…how about if i take up a placard that says “REAL WOMEN ARE NOT SLUTS/WHORES/PROSTITUTES” while you will get offended it will still hold that more than 5% of females infact ARE sluts…how?you will ask …well you have to take european and american population demography into account(YES the same regions where divorce rates are higher than marriage rates….) to understand this….you dont appear to be intelligent enough to do so….but if you ask your boyfriend to help you find out maybe he will oblige like the pussywhipped mangina that he is….. [[[[its only when he steals money will we punish him for it. Geddit?!!]]]] who is “WE” here….its the elite law makers who met out justice…not some pennypinching bohuncus female like you…plz dont take credit for power that is not yours ….and well i hope you understand that law is kind of like nature….it is not kind or cruel…it is just indifferent… it operates on rules..RULES CAN BE DEFIED THEY CAN BE BROKEN….and law can still fail to punish criminals…if you cannot accept this fact you my child…are a martian and have no business on earth…now…..when a man is murdered…do you imagine your father or brother in his place..??if not …then WHY not…why are you so hell bent in assigning a divine status to women?? if you are so troubled then live away from men….go fight your own fight….we’ll see if you can manage…

  21. I feel increasingly ashamed to say I am a man. I regret the hurt caused to women and female child by rapists. While other efforts including legal, self defence etc should be acted upon, I have a simple observation. Todays TOI says four women going by car were stalked by one motorcyclist and the women panicked! Two women pedestrians were groped by one man and the women tried to escape. A large group of girl students coming out from college were groped by a bunch of men and the girl college students ran to the bus stop.
    Why they did not stop to fight? What would they lose by fighting? Are women so incapable of not being able to fight one man?

  22. Sins in mind(Ex:rapes)<- bad character <- bad society <- no moral values <- no literacy

    So rootcause is lack of good character in human beings. So we need to have good education( a basic education with moral values and our culture).Character will be decided in the childhood only. At every instance of the life that place a major role.
    Bujurg log kahthe hain na.."Uska neeyath hi karaaab hein"
    Here " Neeyath" is missing in everybody. Some effect of western culture is there in our society. But accept the western culture and enjoy all the way. But be an "Indian" from inside, follow our culture and morals. Do respect women and elders.

  23. If all of the Police are supposedly biased, the writers Abhishek and Vishnu seem to have a totally opposite bias. As they say you need to know both sides of the story to really pass a comment. But unfortunately in our country, we just go with the wind. Most of the times. If officer after officer – including young women and “English speaking” men say the same thing, it is probably not right to sweep everything off as some inherent bias. If Tehelka is really intent on a complete picture why don’t another undercover operation be carried out at the clubs, discos, pubs and hookah bars etc to establish whether the womenfolk are really “asking for it”?? It is not as if overnight all the rapists in the country have landed in the NCR…. and partial truths cannot and should not become the norm.

    • So Babsim- what is your view here?? You feel that there is a bias against the police and rapists, and the women in the NCR region are really asking for it? Men with opinions like yours should be chemically castrated! So what if a woman goes to a nightclub or hookah bar? So what if a woman drinks? It is none of your business!! Maybe you’ll understand one day when you go out for a drink and some gay rapist has his way with you- I hope it happens!!

  24. When the cycle of injustice, corruption, crime against innocent people, particularly innocent girls/woman, reaches to peak, nature turns against the oppressors,leaders and spectators and they are brought down like rats. The most recent example is the leader and his gang and there will be more like that soon. The rich in India should take a lesson. But, when the rich earns their income in illegal way, their mind, body, and actions all contributes to the social destruction.
    The middle class has the responsibility for saving the social structure of India from destruction.

  25. What kind of dumb fuck appoints these people as the keepers of the law?
    Besides being insensitive to women, I am pretty sure these people cannot do any justice to their job even for other criminal cases – they are sure to trouble every victim of crime (whatever that crime may be) with such twisted prejudices driving their reasoning. They seem simply ineligible for the task they’ve been appointed to perform.

    Besides this, there is so much that is screwed up with this country that a comment is just not enough. Perhaps someday, there will be a book published on just that subject, with real data, real suggestions on reforms. There just doesn’t seem to be any quick-fix to this cancer of the culture. At best, it will take a couple of decades if we identify and take the first right steps today. And if you look at it, any disease just doesn’t show up, it grows within for years, decades. And it takes years to truly get rid of it. Most suggestions put forth in rage are the pill that kills the symptoms at best, but the disease rooted deep within continues to grow.

    Most criminals who easily get away are definitely either influential or have an influential godfather sitting somewhere higher up. Some questions come to mind to which I have no clear answer – call me an idiot, may be I was living under a rock all these years, happy and content with the warmth and darkness but…

    Why is it so difficult to ensure no criminal reaches a position of power? If we vote for a criminal, we are criminals ourselves. Why is it that a candidate has to undergo rigorous selection (or rather elimination) procedure to become an IAS officer, but eventually lick the ass of a goon sitting on their head (the freaking influential person referred to above). Why can’t we have a rigorous elimination procedure for that important position – the people who represent us in the parliament; the people who effectively end up controlling our lives? Who appoints the idiots who wear uniforms and police us? I’m pretty sure a rape victim would slap these idiots in the face if that wasn’t a crime, but alas that would be “assaulting a public servant on duty”. Shouldn’t this law be amended to mean something like “assaulting a public servant on duty who truly behaved like a public servant and did his job well”? How the hell does the law assume that the public servant on duty is an angel who descended from the heavens? I’ve had a personal experience of trying to file an FIR for theft (something that cost me about 2K) and being laughed at by the police personnel at the police station. I’ve heard excuses like “stationary costs a lot”, “ink costs a lot”, “there are bigger thefts to worry about”, etc. But I can’t possibly imagine the pain of a woman who’s been so blatantly violated by a criminal and has to face the idiots in uniform to be violated yet again.

    The views revealed in this article are not limited to these law enforcers alone, these are so deeply instilled in our society – boys are brought up that way. I’ve heard exactly these views from fellow students in college days, and sorry, there was nothing i could do to change their mind. May be it was too late already! And they move on to become police officers, IAS officers, netas and aam aadmis and worst of all, husbands and fathers who raise another twisted brain in their lifetime. I’d hate to generalize, but I’d guess that’s the majority of us Indians- no stats to show, sorry about that speculation, I am kind of betting on that guess.

    There were quite a few suggestions thrown around everywhere – comments above, twitter, facebook, etc. Some of them driven by pure rage, some focusing on prevention and self defense. Of all things, people who think capital punishment would solve this, think again – they’d kill the victim to try and cover their tracks! That won’t do any good. I feel sad, and angry as well – I’d like to see those rapists being publicly executed too… but, that won’t do any good to curb the disease, to clean out these vermins. Ashamed that I have only questions and no answers, but I’d like to find a strategy that ensures no person anywhere should be able to sleep peacefully if they discriminate between their girl and their boy, no neta should be able to sleep peacefully if they didn’t do their duty today, no policewala should be able to sleep if he doesn’t do justice to his job.

    Kavita Krishnan is bang on in stating that a woman should have the freedom to live as she wishes – it’s a question of freedom. In fact, the “girl” in her speech can be pretty much replaced by “citizen of India” and still hold ground. But alas, freedom, it appears demands blood, and that girl lying there with her guts removed, is bearing the pain of a diseased nation.

    Tehelka, you are doing a commendable job. Thank you! Thank you for making the dungeon dweller like me realize that these things affect me, they make my life miserable. They make me sad and I have to do something to change this. It hurts me to no end to see such lives being wasted – those rapists if brought up well would have been assets to some organization and to the country, breadwinners to a some happy family, but alas, those are now rotten vermin who’d best be not alive. Label them and throw them to the crowds, please – this once, even if the whole country is against capital punishment, stone them to death – just this once, even if it’s against the law of the land. Keepers of the laws rape the laws everyday anyway!

  26. There’s a girl fighting for her life
    In a hospital room.
    While in the street the constables scratch their balls.
    And some policemen chase bribes
    And others try to do their jobs and usually fail.
    Everybody’s on the take and everyone steals from the public.
    “What’s wrong with me doing it, everyone does it?”
    Leaders see nothing wrong with leading this farce.
    And still claiming to be leaders.
    If men chase a woman on the street,
    taunting her, it’s her problem,
    or the problem of anyone brave or
    stupid enough to get involved.
    Because we live under the rule of a state that won’t protect us
    and won’t get out of the way.
    So anyone who stands up to this state
    No matter why and no matter how
    They stand up for that girl
    Because we have suffered, she has suffered, and more will die
    as long as we live like this
    without self-respect
    under this half-rule of half-competent and full-corrupt.
    Sweep them all away – all – get rid of those grand Raj buildings.
    Storm not just Vijay Chowk and India Gate.
    Storm the half-acre plots of Lutyens Delhi with crowbars
    Take down the windows, smash the bricks.
    Lay this vicious, callous, senseless raj in ruins.
    Let’s not rest until the police are in flight
    The government buildings are smoking ruins
    And there is a new deal for the people of India
    A new deal
    A new police force
    A new government
    New rules
    New staff
    New salaries
    New regulations
    New zero-tolerance laws against anti-social behaviour
    New laws against corrupt policemen and officials.
    Nothing of the old world that allowed this to happen.
    No peace until then.
    No peace until we and our children and our mothers and our sisters are safe.
    No peace until Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and Shinde and Manmohan Singh
    And Sushma Swaraj and Mamata Bannerjee and Narendra Modi
    And every other dung beetle that profited from this shit heap called
    The Government of India
    Has been crushed up into manure
    And forgotten.
    No peace until then.

  27. We have judges who ask the victim to marry the rapist. Many Indians talk high about our cultural values etc, but the same people think and behave primitive.

  28. The attitude described applies to Pakistani police also. Ever wonder why? There is the aspect of attitudes towards other (sub-)cultures by self-styled master races of both countries. There is also the added dimension of creating a cadre of prostitutes. When a girl reports rape; after many interrogations the charges are dismissed. That’s when the pimps (who pay the cops) are signaled to move in.

  29. @Sub-Inspector: Arjun Singh: So actually men are just animals, who if they see a scantily clad woman cannot control themselves?? Are we to say Bechare Mard?
    @Sunil Kumar, SHO, Ghazipur – Bastard! Just because a woman has consensual sex with one man doesn’t mean that she want to sleep around with every man! She DOES NOT become public property! Aapki koi maa, bahen nahi hai? There are women who do it for the money .. but there are also men who want it for the money!! So what do we call such men? Bhadwe???
    @Ram Kumar Malik: I only have disgust for your opinions. You are not a man, but a bhadwa. When this happens to your daughter, I will see what comments you have to give.
    Jaago India Jaago! Vote for a government that thinks for the welfare of the people and not for the welfare of their own pockets. Vote for a government that is not spineless. Vote for someone who can bring about change and can dismiss such disgusting police officers. We need people who will protect our us.

    • @poonam what are you trying to prove. There could be a lot of apathy in that video but tell me if there are no false accusations and the misuse of the law

      What’s the difference between you and those in the video because of the language you used in your text.

      I strongly object to your insulting text towards men in general and that you owe an apology because you called the men ‘animals’

        • no woodhouse. I am pointing out the truth and the misuse of the law that idiots like you don’t notice. I am sure you would be happy about the language of those whose opinions match yours. Please do note it that Doremon was only replying to the constant abuses against him Let me know if see any such language from me?

          But I do see you losing your cool by saying arrogan ‘swine’ because someone disagreed with you

      • Well, SC, if a man can’t control himself because he saw some girl in skirt or jeans is as same as that animal who pound on any piece of meat he saw in someones plate. What is the difference? Nothing. So, what is wrong in calling men as animals? Though I don’t agree that all men all animals.

  30. Unless there are strong measures to punish the women who file false rape cases the so called rape figures will not go down (People should realize that many of them are filed in intent of extortion or power play). Just making stringent one sided laws and providing monetary compensations to women who cry rape is an indirect incentive to such unscrupulous women who treat this like business. As also noted by supreme court in a case where a mother and daughter were found to be regularly filing rape cases to extort money from innocent victims.

    The need of hour is for gender neutral laws and speedy trials.

    • Absolutely right Kiran. The worst thing is that if a male tries to launch complaint against such unscruplous women then the male wil be the one to lose and not be heard. So neutral laws are required.

  31. Poor people are the women which doesn´t report in court these crimes. They are supporting the rapists to continue successfully their crime career. If there were punishment this kind of crime would diminish, but with these poors police cops, the population is unprotected.
    Its like all population agrees with these crimes, because if the women doesn´t do anything to defend herselves against these poor selvage animals acting freely and against these poor police cops, unservible and unuseful.
    Poor city converted in an perverted nest of criminals and an unsafe place to stay or to live.
    Poor people that supports these criminals.
    I strongly recommend that all just people doesn´t allow these criminals act freely without any kind of punishment.
    Make public manifestations against the poor police the country supports.
    I recommend that all women should do all possible to abolish this crime by prevention and the use of all kind of self defense against these poor people.

  32. Screw you, Delhi police. Thanks to your callousness the whole country gets a bad name. If you did your jobs as competently as you accepted bribes, the country wouldn’t be a laughing stock to the world.

    For all its high falutin’ ideals, India is being seen as a backwards, third world, crime-filled pisshole because of law enforcement becoming criminals themselves.

    • BAla, please believe me, India is NOT the laughing stock of the world! Thsi is far too serious a situation for people to laugh about. I would say rather that nowadays the mention of India makes people screw up their faces in disgust.

  33. Disgustingly disturbing! Shame on these prehistoric baboons who feign under the pretext of being the law implementers and shame on the system which can let such people being recruited!

  34. Generally what Police Personnel have stated or commented is a matter of public criticism. Majority of these Police Personnel come from village background. Large number of them are from Haryana and UP’s rural belt. Their General opinion about female is that only. They see a lady talking to someone, they presume that some illicit affair is going on and flare up their view. Presently the person who is in his late 40s and serving in Police force especially upto inspector rank are promoted one i.e. recruited as a constable reached upto Inspector. Mindset does not change and these people never want to change. What they said is flesh trade at large is in Delhi. If that is So, who is responsible for that. Only Police. Principal s – take share and turn the eye. Police comments are really shameful.

  35. Good job tehelka, as always. I suppose time will change our perceptions, because there seems to be a generation gap in today’s society. We expect a woman to earn a man’s salary and be a bread earner and still want her to be the typical indian wife cornered and caged at home, without living the free life that men have been doing all the while. Even bollywood needs to be more responsible, than making movies like “cocktail.” We will prevail and I hope in my lifetime, I will see my better half to be considered equal to me.

  36. India has become a country comprised of two kinds of people. On one side there are people, old and young, who want to live liberally the concept of which directly or indirectly came from the west, and on the other side there are people, young and old alike, who have been living with the mindset of 17th century India. We are at a transition of a cultural shift, where most of the youngsters, like me, have accepted this liberation as a way of life. Until this change penetrates till the grass roots of our society, and the society comes to accept this change on a whole or at least as a majority, we would continue to have such biased and prejudiced views among such kind of people. This is the period where we need to take care of our society the most and discourage such brutal acts from happening.
    We cannot and should not rely on the police to do this job. We have to take a stand ourselves. Whenever we see such an event happening or even have a doubt about it, we should do something instead of being silent spectators. This is the real solution to the problem.

  37. How come such individuals with such low IQs are made to handle law??? Do you even know what RAPE means, mr.policeman??? its because of you people who have failed all the time we have been suffering and still suffering. If even now no sense gets knocked into your thick skulls and you continue to make such stupid statements, do a moral check on yourself. you are no less than the rapists!! shame on you!!!

  38. Are this POLICE-WALLA still in the office pretending to protect and serve the people??
    When such kind of Uncivilised and Backward People are there to protect the innocents, no one will get justice.
    Forget about RAPE, i’m sure they are not even capable of doing their job in other field.
    This Kind of OLD police officers should be discharged and new young minded people should be appointed.
    This kind of people are a disgrace to the Force and the nation.

  39. For me the solution..from now on..
    I’ll behave properly and I’ll tell my son/daughter to behave properly!!!!
    This should be the statement to be repeated and said loudly a thousand times by me and if needed my kids would need to write it and say it loudly a thousand times)

    And the statements like ‘tell “your” son/ daughter to behave….’ the word “your” sickens me.

  40. Actually there must b thorough and unbiased investigations to reveal the real factors behind increasing rapes not only in Delhi NCR but in the country as a whole, what the police is saying is really shocking must not b ignored and must b looked into for reality check and they r sayingif its truth than stricker laws and stringent punishments can do nothing

    • That’s right Abid. The best way to tackle it is education that will make the people find the right direction in their lives instead doing wrong things. Also misuse of the laws should be prevented so that innocent men are not tainted
      and the women who misuse laws making the false accusations should be severly punished to serve as deterrent to misuse of the laws.

  41. I really believe that those police officers and others who believe the woman was asking for it or can’t complain if it does happen, then they themselves should be raped. Perhaps after that, they may understand. No human has the right to touch or abuse another…

  42. Surpised that there was no mention in the article or in the thread of male-on-male rape. Does it not happen in India? or are they all too busy out raping women? What is the police attitude if a man complains? do they say he was asking for it/dressed inappropriately/out too late/drinking vodka?

    • A man’s complaint will be ignored. I would say usually if the man would complain against the woman then it would be the man who would be punished. It looks like what the Indian laws say because there is no respect for the man in our laws that are turning into pro women ignoring the issues faced by the men and encouraging the women to miuse the laws for their motives

  43. She asked for it?!! It is consensual most of the time?!! So the woman they are calling “braveheart” asked to be so brutally raped and beaten and abused with an iron rod? Rape is rape is rape!!! It doesn’t matter how she is dressed and who she portrays, no human being has the right to force this kind of abuse on another individual. Let alone six on one. No, she DID NOT ask to be raped and she did not ask for the mind-boggling pain that was let lose on her and she most certainly did not ask to die at the hands of her perpetrators. It is my opinion that even if the six involved in her death get the death penalty, it will not be enough. Their death will be easy compared to what this young woman went through at their hands. Harsh? We live in harsh times and it calls for harsher sentences and social adjustments so that the youth in India do not carry the false picture that these so called men who are supposed to uphold justice hold. There is NO excuse for rape and the sooner they understand that then the better it will be for society. Perhaps it is time to teach the young men that women are to be respected and looked upon as equals and not as lesser beings. Enough said.

  44. Earth to the “SHALLOW MINDED PEOPLE “(who think girls are responsible ) , 90% OF the cases, involved girls who were properly covered DUH people clear your facts out then utter such statements about us. What about the 5 yr old girl , who was raped brutally ?? was she wearing make up jewelry or revealing clothes??? Give your shallow mind a rest and GET A LIFE PEOPLE. We have the right to wear anything we want to. Who are you all to dictate us what and what not to wear. Those girls who wear shorts are rarely raped as compared to those girls who were properly covered. Get your facts and head right. Was the 6 yr old girl who lived in a slum raped because of her clothes? Could she afford shorts or revealing dresses?? Instead of blaming us blame those monsters who raped all those poor victims just because they wanted to get some PLEASURE out of it , it is not because of their mental state. Instead of encouraging us to join defense classes you want us to be caged in the four walls of our house? A cage of four walls is that our future’

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