“Modern Women” and Rape


On the last day of 2011, Andhra Pradesh Chief of Police V. Dinesh Reddy said this:

“Now, wealth has increased, corporate styles have seeped into the villages bringing in liquor and other cosmopolitan cultures. These modern women are more vulnerable to rapes,”

For me personally, I was disgusted when I read this statement.  I was even more disgusted when some women’s advocacy groups defended his statement and felt he had no need to apologize.

I must wonder if any of them have ever heard of Victim Blaming.  Although, judging by their reactions, I must assume they have not.

From Wiki:

Victim blaming” is holding the victim of a crime to be in whole or in part responsible for the crime. In the context of rape, this concept refers to the Just World Theory and popular attitudes that certain victim behaviors (such as flirting, or wearing sexually-provocative clothing) may encourage rape. In extreme cases, victims are said to have “asked for it”, simply by not behaving demurely. In most Western countries, the defense of provocation is not accepted as mitigation for rape.  A global survey of attitudes toward sexual violence by the Global Forum for Health Research shows that victim-blaming concepts are at least partially accepted in many countries. In some countries, victim-blaming is more common, and women who have been raped are sometimes deemed to have behaved improperly. Often, these are countries where there is a significant social divide between the freedoms and status afforded to men and women.

Rape is a violent act.  It is a criminal act.  And it’s been around since before the advent of “Modern Women”.

If you have any question of that, you have only to read the Bible, Torah, Quran or Veda’s.  Rape was an issue even during those times and most likely before them.  Each culture has enacted laws against rape over the ages.

You can find laws on rape dating even back to the Roman era when Augustus Caesar enacted reforms for the crime of rape under the assault statute Lex Iulia de vi publica.

Rogerius, a monk who survived the Mongol invasion of Hungary, pointed out not only the genocidal element of War time occupation, but also that the Mongols especially “found pleasure” in humiliating women.

So why is there such a focus in India on the cause of rape being because of “Modern Women”?

There is no single theory that conclusively explains the motivation for rape; the motives of rapists can be multi-factorial and are subject to debate. Several factors have been proposed: anger, a desire for power, sadism, sexual gratification, and evolutionary pressures.

But there IS one single truth.  Rape is NOT the fault of “Modern Women”.  It is the fault of the person or persons who engage in this criminal and violent behavior and those who do not persecute them.

It’s time that India stop enabling rapists and start defending the victims.  The more that people in “power” say that this is due to something other than the actions of the people who commit these crimes, the more that these senseless acts will continue.

Reuters did an excellent piece on the topic of Inequality of Women within India, highlighting some of the other issues that women face including rape, spousal abuse and general health and well-being.  You can read it here.

So what do you think?  Is rape the fault of “Modern Women” or “Antiquated Patriarchal Society”?

© 2012 Gori Rajkumari.


14 thoughts on ““Modern Women” and Rape

  1. A sham full Act, no matter what your, Religion , Social Status, Provocation, Mini Dress’s, or Any Similar Reason one may try to give, or if not, Just simply let your, Daughter, Mother,(Excuse, Mom. ji ) Sister,Wife or Girl Friend, be Rape, and ask the Question to your self , How do you feel, or the Victim Feel,??? would you still Agree with the Person who committed the heinous Crime ??

  2. Rape happens everywhere,. 48 kids were raped by a person, mostly 2-3yr old, who was hanged later. Aruna shanbaug a poor nurse was another victim.
    These cosmopolitan, modern woman usually come from rich/upper middle class sector who would be in secure situations like their own vehicle, bf/husb. With them etc.
    Usually women who get raped are poor and helpless, who get into situations where there is no one to help them. Like when they are travelling alone after work by public transport, etc. SO DOES THAT MEAN THEY shouldnt work?
    Aruna shanbaug was to be raped in basement of a building where there was no one to hear her scream. 2-3 yr old kids were also helpless. Sowmya, a poor sister who was going Palghat from ernakulam after working in a textile shop ,by Rail was raped. She was wearing churidar. No provocative dress.
    But i won’t blame Dinesh Reddy, His statement was intended to satisfy Islamic Deobands and wakf boards moral polices in Hyderabad who would fetch him votes,. And Votes are what he need.

    • Exactly right about poor Aruna. And that is generally the case. You hear about rape here and it’s almost always a the same. The girl was wearing a Salwar or a Sari – so now what? They say such ridiculous things with no thought to whether it’s true, just if it’s “attention getting” or a way to point a finger back at the west. But the west didn’t invent rape. It’s been around for a lot longer than the west has been.

      • They know its not true. West/east didnt invent rape. Its just a way to win votes of moral polices and Talibans in Hyderabad. Who want women to be their slaves. Not going to work, neither be a good homemaker, sitting at home serving the men for entire life as slaves. You may also know Haryana DGP who raped daughters classmate and tennis player and his wife, herself a woman, was advocate for him in court!

      • Well I am concluding my comments. Those who raped are mostly poor or middle class people who dress well as per their respective culture, WHETHER IN WEST OR EAST. Recently 600 cases were reported in germany where boys were raped,.
        Its not just sexual urge it is more of a sadistic pleasure that is the driving force to rape. It was invented by DEVILS in human form, neither west or east.
        I usually restrict myself in spiritual or hindu discussions, But this post, a truely thought provoking one, forced me in. Enjoy
        Hari aum,

      • I really appreciate your comments and input Syamukamath! It’s the weekend and time with the hubby but I’ll respond more on Monday! Some great insights I want to touch on!


  3. Rape is a sick crime that only happens when an individual desires control. It will never be a womans’ fault in any way and blaming it on women only adds to the stigma that women are the only ones who get raped which is also crap. Men can be raped just as well. And if anyone is to try to blame it on the way a woman dresses then how the hell do they intend on explaining the young boys and children that get raped? They certainly don’t dress like women.

    I just love the pic you added. With so many of these pictures and stories you would think society would get a clue. Oh…and not to mention that by trying to blame womens clothing (which is mostly made by men) is really only a scare tactic to try to continue to oppress women.

    • Another excellent point that I had intended to include and forgot about!

      This theory of how women dress and act being the cause/reaction for rape, does nothing to explain rape of children and men!

      Although, we did watch on news channel here where that point was brought up and the reply just infuriated Bear (it was in Hindi so I wasn’t sure what they said until he calmed down enough to explain it to me). The opposing point was that those rapes were different because that was due to some abnormality in the person committing that kind of crime!!!

      I was like WHAT? And so raping women now should be NORMAL? Ugh.

      • Yes, as per Ex-CM of Kerala Sri E.K.Nayanar it is Normal to rape women.
        When there were great controversies about present kerala minister of industries, P.K. Kunjalikutty involvement in Ice-cream parlor sex racket and rape case in 1996/97, the then CM remarked” In USA Rape is like we have a cup of tea, so why create chaos here?” Refering to High rate of rapes in USA.
        this is politics.:-P

      • O.M.G I just cannot believe that he would make such a ludicrous statement! It’s disgusting! The US “seems” to have so much more rape because there is an atmosphere of allowing the victim dignity and justice! Imagine if the same were true here in India, that the rate would be more like three cups of tea here!!!

      • No dear sis, dignity to the victim is a necessity. But reason for so much rape is Materialism. Madly after materialistic pleasure. When i see you and me as 2 different entities and i am sure i can get the sadistic pleasure by harming you, naturally i would be harming you. But when i know materialism is untrue. My senses can create illusion, and they cant give me true joy, then i won’t be going after rapes or killing.
        Losing oneself to Senses or Indriyas , create all crimes. We are enslaved by our senses and mind. Mind goes after its’ pleasure. And that may be rape, killing etc.
        In India many people ‘fear’ god, and he’ll punish wrongdoers etc. But when science influence, many people would ‘overcome’ fear of God. BUT Instead Of Self realization they go after materialism and its pleasure. Thats why we have more rapes in US and increasing rates in India.

      • 6 kids under 15 were arrested for raping similar underage girls starting from kintergarden!!
        They were in different places in kerala, the educated state. Although we don’t have infrastructure, our HR is comparable to US, life expectancy and Human development index greater than USA,. 96% literacy. Then why rape?
        Cause education creates questions, many people began to question ‘GOD FEAR’. They check logic behind it. I DON’T MEAN ATHEISTS RAPE,.LOLZ. But materialism is result of this. But our modern science based on senses cant lead to the Eternal that is above senses. It creates two types of people who go after the real self/god and those who go after sensual pleasure.
        Materialism thus leads to whatever gives pleasure to senses, may be
        1. Wealth, money- involves in all acts that create wealth whether legal or illegal.
        2. Sadistic pleasure like said above etc.
        As the materialistic thoughts in him vary, criminalism may vary.
        Yes coz of dignity more rapes are REPORTED. India Many of the victims are SILENT.

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