Rape cases in India are something that we hear about a lot. Rape cases in India are so widely covered by media around the world that India is shown as a place which is unfriendly to women. But, is it really as bad as it is shown? Should women be afraid the moment they land in any Indian city? Or maybe it is even better if they avoid India as their holiday destination? Probably, most of you heard about gang rape in India but is it possible that one such heinous crime can give you the full picture of the situation? Did you hear about a gang rape in Texas when 6 men raped a 15-years old girl? Did you hear about men who are accused of gang rapes in Detroit? In Los Angeles city, a single mom was raped by 8 Koreans. Do you feel unsafe when you go Texas? Probably not, because you have never heard about this. Why? It is simple. Media is corrupt, they show us the news that they want us to see.
But before I give you facts, let’s classify the most common types of rapes:
- Man to woman rape
- Woman to man rape
- Same sex rape
- Marital rape
- Child rape/minor rape
Now, apart from these five types of rapes, there are four major parameters that can influence the statistics completely and these four parameters are:
1) Fake cases of rapes(False filing of rapes)
2) Unreported rapes
3) Law of ‘rape’ in the country
4) Proportions of the rapes committed by the locals or the foreigners (immigrants included)
Further, false filing of rapes(fake cases of rapes) can be classified largely in two categories itself-
- False filing of rapes because of business rivalry/ or any other type of rivalry between two parties.
- False filing of rape by a girl who wants to teach a lesson to her ex- boyfriend/ex- live in partner- According to the strange definition of rape in Indian law (especially in this particular scenario), one is legally allowed to enter in a live in relationship and two parties can have sex if they both have consent but for any reason, if the couple breaks up, the girl has the right to call her ”consensual sex with her ex-partner” as a rape just because the boy did not end up marrying her. So every boy in India must enter in a live in relationship with a girl knowing that the girl may cheat on him and do whatever she wants but if he breaks up with her for any reason(including infidelity by any of them as well), he may be called a ‘rapist’ under the Indian law if the girl decides to do so. If such harsh rule existed in the West, the rape cases would go extremely high as there are are lots of live in together relationships there which do not succeed and girls can’t teach a lesson to their ex-boyfriends by misusing a law even though many such girls do exist in the West who would take such an unfair step.
My goal is to give you the real information which can help you to understand this crime that India is, unfortunately, infamous for. To start with, you should know that the law in India is very similar to the developed countries when it comes to the definition of rape and that is why some people’s argument that a bad rape definition, punishments or law let many culprits get away with a crime is obviously not right. The only thing is that marital rape is still not considered as a rape in India – there is a huge debate going on about this. But it has all its reasons – marriage in India for most of the people is sacred and pure. Lots of Indians can’t even imagine such a brutal crime against their own wives in India. In India, the wedding is a divine bond (mostly) and in the west, it is like an experiment (mostly). So, it makes more sense for the Western governments to consider marital rape as a rape due to the trending social behaviors in their countries. Unfortunately, even in India, there are still some abusive men who do not respect marriage and commit this crime. And there are thousands of domestic abuse every day ( but in India, we should not count numbers as the population is 1.3 billion, we should check proportions). But the marital bond is still widely seen as a connection which lasts until the eternity.
But here is a big recent update in this article- “In Indian law marital rape is actually a rape”
Here is the reference –
Marital Rape is a crime in India and covered under 4 laws: IPC 377 (Unnatural Sex), PWDVA 2005 (Domestic Violence Act of India, covers Sexual Violence), IPC 376 (covers separated Husband’s rape on Wife), IPC 498A (Cruelty by Husband – Covers every kind of Cruelty). However, the marital rape law in India is still not as strong as it is in the west and there is a huge debate on this particular subject.
But we should not forget that when it comes to India, the fair comparisons are done in proportions and not in numbers since the population of India is so huge. What I can tell you is that the moment that government will change the marital rape law, I will inform you about it.
Woman to man rape
We all our guilty of taking this term as something that does not exist or can not happen. But here is a shocker for you. World wide male rape is so much unreported that up to 98% cases, we never hear it. At least in female rape, a girl can go to her family or friends and they support her no matter what. But in male rape, it is the other way around, even your best friends may laugh at you if you say that you were raped by a woman. In west, homosexual rapes are happening every second somewhere even right now, as I am typing this. Sweden has some very strict laws for male rape but a lot of it goes unreported there too. In India, nearly 100% of male Rape goes unreported. I personally know an Indian boy horror story who was molested by her sister’s teenage girl friends when he was only 7 and he never mentioned it to anyone. As per the data presented by the Ministry of Women and Child development, in 2007, says that of every 100 children (up to age of 18 Years) sexually abused in India, 53 are boys, 47 are girls. This means that Boys Rape in India is 6% higher to that of Girl’s Rape. And once a boy reaches his 18th birthday, he can be raped by a man or by a woman and no media or human rights organization will have debates on this sensitive matter at all.
Rape is horrible no matter what the gender is. We must not only empower women and make them strong enough to come out and report a rape but also men who are in even worse condition when they are raped.
Different types of rape in India
From my extensive research and my detailed understanding of rapes in India, a vast percentage of rapes in India are actually false charges (actually, India has the largest number and proportion of fake rape cases). Delhi gang rape opened the way for some girls in India to take advantage of some unlucky man who never committed any crime but because of personal revenge, business rivalry or any kind of animosity they want to take revenge on the other party. Now, post the Delhi gang rape incident, there are even more strict rape laws and the accused can already be easily put behind the bars until further investigation are done, so this law will be even more misused than in the past. On the other hand, there are also unreported rapes when girls are too shy to go to the police station or they are afraid to be rejected by society and cause dishonor to her family. Fortunately, more and more girls are ready to blow the whistle on the villain and put him behind the bars. Last but not the least, there are also rapes in India which are committed by non-Indians. One recent example – a diplomat raped two Nepali maids in India. Also, lots of rapes are committed by the legal or the illegal immigrants. So if Sweden can blame their immigrants for such a huge number of rapes, you should remember that in India the rapes may also be committed by its legal or the illegal immigrants. All these different scenarios have to be understood before coming up with real figures of rape cases in India. But of course, no matter how one looks at it, rape is condemnable, it is a crime against a victim and it leaves a lot of scars on the abused woman. On the other hand, the most unfortunate victims are the poor and the children around the world including in India who are too weak and vulnerable to fight back. I will discuss this in my future posts when I will write about the ”reason of rapes” and the ”solution for the problem of rapes ”.
Count proportions not numbers (when it is about the statistics of rapes in a country)
The most important thing is to count the proportions, not numbers. India is such a huge country that the number of rapes will always be mind-boggling but the moment you look at the proportions, India will be one of the countries with the lowest percentage of rapes. In 2012, there were more than 24 thousand rapes which is still much less than in countries like the USA or South Africa. We know that people are not so interested in talking about rapes in some African country, but why no one is emphasizing numbers of sexual assaults in the USA? Why is no one warning women against traveling to America? From the data, it is clearly visible. Look at two charts that I prepared for you – one is showing only the numbers of rapes in chosen countries – as I said India doesn’t look so bad, but media is pointing out widely all the mistakes without even mentioning the population of this land. The second chart on the right clearly presents that rape rate per 100 000 citizens in India is the smallest one (even if I showed you chart with all the countries, India still would be in the bottom of the table). Have a look at the small number of rapes in Sweden, but with such a huge rape rate (more than 66 rapes per 100 000 people) things really looks scary. On the other hand, perhaps Sweden is one of those countries where multiple episodes by the same offender are counted as more than one rape. But mostly in other countries it is counted as one. Talking about India, the false accusations are so high that anyway, the rape number is highly inflated and even this exaggerated high number is far lower than other countries. It is also important to have a look at the conviction rate of different countries.
Facts clearly show that the number of rape cases in India is huge, and it has increased in the last few years but there are two reasons behind it. One, the girls in India are becoming less shy to lodge the criminal complaint, but on the other hand, many women now use fast track courts to take a revenge against men lodging fake (personal rivalry-oriented). There will always be many unreported rapes, but this is a problem of most of the countries around the world, unfortunately. What we should remember is that numbers are always going to be big because of the size of India but rape rate per 100 000 is really small if we compare it to many so-called “developed” countries. India has its ”reasons of rapes”, but this is something that I am going to talk about in one of the next posts. On the other hand, ”sexual harassment in India and the west” is what I will be writing about shortly. Further, ”why the world’s media wants to highlight the rapes in India and what they get from it” will be covered in my future posts too.