The next three posts are difficult ones, and I cannot claim to be fully aware of how to pull all the strings together. I do not claim to have answers, so do pitch in.
- A few months back, I re-blogged a post showing two girls from the lower castes hanging from a tree after being raped. The father of the Chief Minister of the State remarked, ‘boys will be boys’. Incidentally, when I re-blogged that post, a young lady of Indian origin (now possibly a Singaporean citizen) accused me of trying to attract attention.
- Last year, during the infamous Nirbhaya case in India (one of the most brutal recorded in India) many politicians went on to pass some rather cheap comments, like – ‘women should not wear sexy clothes’, or ‘women should not cross the line’.
- On the 15th August this year, our Prime Minister said that families and parents should teach their children to respect girls and women.
A lot of contrast.
I shall go into some sad statistics, and I will quote Indian statistics because I am Indian. However, this does apply to everyone and all nations.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau, 93 women are raped in India everyday. The number of rapes doubled, in India, from 585 in 2012 to 1,441 in 2013. The city that follows, is Bombay.
94% of the victims were familiar with the rapists – neighbours and other known persons making up the bulk of perpetrators.
Most of the victims were between 14 & 30 years old.
An article in “Time” Magazine states that rape in India seems worse than it is because more rapes are being reported to the police. The media in India talks more about rape than the media in other countries so, it seems worse here. However, most Indian men and women also hate the reputation that rape has given India. After the Nirbhaya case, I invited some of my Chinese friends to visit India. They refused, because they felt that Indians were like animals. I can tell you that this did not sound nice.
Having said that, the conviction rate in India, at 24.2% is not bad. The UK has a 7% conviction rate, Sweden a 10% conviction rate, and France has 25%
We are also in august company. The top ten countries for incidence of rape, as per a statistic I read are ( in descending order ) – USA, India, the UK, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Russian Federation, Belgium & Thailand.
Of course, we need to bear in mind that:
- these are reported cases. We have no idea of how many women across the world are raped and don’t report it because of fear or shame
- these are cases of women being raped. I did know a chap in my engineering college who was called “Fairy”. I was 17, and when I discovered why he was called “Fairy”, I was more than surprised. We spoke and he told me that he had been raped in his first year. He had been raped continuously and, the chap who used to make the most fun of him was the chap who had raped him the most often.
I don’t intend to get into the psychology of rape. I did read an article about this once. I have also read the works of the Marquis de Sade. If you take away the very gory descriptions of rape, sadism, murder and arguments for atheism – the books talk about the extreme abuse of power.
So, what does rape have to do with leadership and power? Maybe, I shall start to explore my own thoughts in parts two and three of this little trilogy.