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Why Women Deserve To Be Raped: From Delhi Police

Why Women Deserve To Be Raped: From Delhi Police

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As it turns out, the online creeps are in good company – of the Delhi-NCR police. A Tehelka sting aimed at 23 police stations across the NCR reveals a level of misogyny that is not unexpected, but is shocking nevertheless.
One of the most depressing aspects of writing about the recent string of rape cases are the responses these kinds of stories inevitably evoke. The Internet trolls come out in swarms to condemn the victim: for being out late at night, for being divorced, talking to strangers, drinking, dressing “provocatively”, and, the worst, for making it all up. Who are these people, I’d wonder, who genuinely believe that a woman would deliberately provoke sexual assault, and failing that, pretend she’d been raped – and go public with it.

Because, really, being a rape victim in India is so much fun. First, you’re humiliated by the cops, then your personal life is put on trial by the media. After a couple of years being ground down by the judicial process, you get your moment in court where you’re expected to recount every detail – and I mean, every detail – in open court. All this only to find that in the great majority of cases, it’s all been for naught because the original investigation was shoddy and flawed. Your assailants go scot-free while you are tarnished for life as “damaged goods” in our enlightened society.

Can any sane, right-thinking person really, really believe that most women deliberately incite rape or invent rape charges?
In a two-week long investigation, Abhishek Bhalla and G Vishnu spoke to more than 30 senior cops in the Delhi-NCR region. More than half had shockingly ugly views on rape victims. This is the face of law exposed. How can the system effect justice through men like these?
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.
As it turns out, the online creeps are in good company – of the Delhi-NCR police. A Tehelka sting aimed at 23 police stations across the NCR reveals a level of misogyny that is not unexpected, but is shocking nevertheless.
One of the most depressing aspects of writing about the recent string of rape cases are the responses these kinds of stories inevitably evoke. The Internet trolls come out in swarms to condemn the victim: for being out late at night, for being divorced, talking to strangers, drinking, dressing “provocatively”, and, the worst, for making it all up. Who are these people, I’d wonder, who genuinely believe that a woman would deliberately provoke sexual assault, and failing that, pretend she’d been raped – and go public with it.

Because, really, being a rape victim in India is so much fun. First, you’re humiliated by the cops, then your personal life is put on trial by the media. After a couple of years being ground down by the judicial process, you get your moment in court where you’re expected to recount every detail – and I mean, every detail – in open court. All this only to find that in the great majority of cases, it’s all been for naught because the original investigation was shoddy and flawed. Your assailants go scot-free while you are tarnished for life as “damaged goods” in our enlightened society.

Can any sane, right-thinking person really, really believe that most women deliberately incite rape or invent rape charges?
In a two-week long investigation, Abhishek Bhalla and G Vishnu spoke to more than 30 senior cops in the Delhi-NCR region. More than half had shockingly ugly views on rape victims. This is the face of law exposed. How can the system effect justice through men like these?
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.

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THE RAPES WILL GO ON
In a two-week long investigation,
 Abhishek Bhalla
and 
G Vishnu
spoke to more than 30 senior cops in the Delhi-NCR region. More than half had shockingly ugly views on rape victims. This isthe face of law exposed. How can the system effect justice through men like these? 
 She asked for it.
It’s all about money.
They have made it a business. It is consensual most of thetime.
THIS IS
how policemen
keepers of the law and protectors of innocent
view rape in theDelhi- National Capital Region (NCR). Although generalising is fraught with hazards, this is onegeneralisati
on 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 whenthe Noida Police revealed the identity of a minor girl who was brutally gang-raped in a movingcar. If tha
t 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 violatedthe law of the land
Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code defines the disclosure of theidentity of rape victims as an offence punishable by up to two years of imprisonment
it alsogave a peek into the minds of the police and how they see the raped and the rapist.A few weeks later, the Gurgaon Police outraged civil society by proposing a blanket curfew onworking 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 pubemployee by six men. The police made no statement about the rapists. Later, however, thepolice put out a statement asserting they had been misquoted by the media.Often been called the rape capital of India, the Delhi-NCR region has thrown up numerous suchinstances of police apathy in rape cases. When asked to explain the rising instances of rape, thecops have invariably blamed the women, an array of extraneous factors or resorted to speciousarguments instead of looking inwards and focussing on police reforms. The most disturbingaspect of this is the rank misogyny that underlies it.Here is a quick reckoner. In 2010, as many as 414 rape cases were reported in Delhi, the highestamong 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 andwomen rights activists have continually been flagging the deep prejudice prevalent in the policeagainst women in general and rape victims in particular, as the single biggest reason for therepeated failure of justice.
 
But instead of addressing core issues like poor conviction rates, under-reporting of rape casesby 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 personneltowards women, our police and ministers want to ban late-night work shifts or keep womenaway from unconventional jobs like bartenders.THE FARCE
Sunil Kumar
SHO, Ghazipur, Delhi-NCR
 
‘Go to a pub in Greater Kailash, South Delhi,where there’s free entry for girls. You’ll findthose who want to do ‘it’ for a thousandrupees. They’ll drink and also have sex withyou. But the day someone uses force, it’srape’
THE FACE
‘There is sensitisation
at the induction levelas 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 BhagatAdditional DCP PRO, Delhi Police
 
HAVE WE
created a system that instills fear in the heart of offenders, promotes deterrence andensures that offenders get exemplary punishment? While we may have excellent statutes todeal with crimes against women, do we also have the police machinery to implement the law inits letter and spirit? Are police stations of the NCR being manned by professional and efficientpolice 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) andtheir 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 wasto find out if there was any latent bias among the police personnel towards rape victims.
 
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 leadingindustries from around the world and where lakhs of women work alongside men, is policed bythe cops with a 19th century mindset.Seventeen senior cops of over a dozen police stations across Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad andFaridabad were caught on spy camera blaming everything from fashionable or revealing clothesto 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 victimsnever approach the police and those who do are basically extortionists or have loose moralvalues. Others believe that the women from Northeast could never be victims of forced sex asthey 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 hisfriends 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 citiesto being independent and assertive and holding unconventional jobs are reasons for the rise inrape incidents across NCR. So mind-numbing are these admissions that one cannot help butwonder about the plight of the rape victims in mofussil towns and villages if the police in andaround 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 correctivesteps in the police training and investigation.
Sample what Sunil Kumar, SHO, Ghazipur, East Delhi, had to say. “
Go to a pub in South Delhi. Goto 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 yo
u. The day somebody uses force, it becomes rape).”
 Every time a rape accused gets away due to shoddy
investigations, it reinforces the cops’
belief: she had asked for it

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