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Sexual Discourses Frm New Delhi

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Stakes and States: Sexual Discourses from New DelhiAuthor(s): Jyoti PuriSource:
Feminist Review,
No. 83, Sexual Moralities (2006), pp. 139-148Published by:
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1To contest thediscourse onsexualassault,Ideliberatelydrawuponinformationfromnewsmedia,especially Eng-lish-languagenewspapers,avoidingdatagatheredfromthepolice.Forallcrimesreported,thepolicefileaFirstInformationReport(FIR),which details theinformation ofthecomplainant,the natureof thecomplaint,where, when,andunder what con-
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Intheearlyhours ofSunday8May2005,ayoungwomanromthestateofMeghalaya,studyingataDelhiUniversityampusandworkingatacallcentre,wassexuallyassaultedbyfour unknownssailantsintheDhaulaKuanareaof thecapital city.Shewaswalkingwitha friendtowardanearbyrestaurantafter 2:00am whenhe four menabductedand assaultedherinamovingcar.Thefriendinformed hepoliceimmediatelywithadescriptionandregistrationnumberofthe carbuttherewasno actiontopreventthecrimesinprogress.Theyoungwoman was leftclosetowhere she was firstabductedand,ironically,closeto the Delhipolicestationfor CrimeAgainstWomen(CAW)ome twohours later.Thefollowingday,Delhi'sleadingEnglish-languageewspaper,TheHindustanTimes,headlined: SouthCampusStudentGangraped',utprovidedewdetails.Forseveraldays, newspapersheadlinedanddetailed theassault and itsinvestigationand whatemergedsastoryofviolence,asurvivor'sourage,andsloppyinflammatory eporting.EvenasIwrite:ustonepositivelydentified arrest ofthepersonconsideredto be thecar driverandprocurer;umours hattheother three assailantshidebehindhigh-placed politicalconnections;and unconfirmedeportshattheyoungwoman hasreturnedoShillong,Meghalaya.1Inonerespect,it isunderstandablewhythisgrievouscrimewaswidelypublicized.Delhi'smonikersthe 'CrimeCapital',canbe recast as the'RapeCapital'.2TheNationalCrimeRecordsBureau'sNCRB)eportsor 2003notethattherate ofcrimesagainstwomenn thelargercitiesis 18.1comparedothenational levelrate of13.2.3Byitself,Delhiaccountedfor 14.8%ofthetotalcrimesagainstwomennIndia,awhoppinghighof30.5%of the totalrape cases and 35.0%of cases of kidnapping ndabduction.4That thisisasmallpercentageofthetotal sexual assaultagainstgirlsand womenissoberingor itiswidelybelieved that nomore than10%ofsuch crimesarereported,apositionhatwasendorsedbyaDeputyCommissionerftheDelhipolice,whohaswrittenabout sexual violenceagainstwomen.5Perceptionsfaninsensitivepoliceforce,fears ofrelivingheviolencethroughahostilejudicialprocess,traumaimposedbya culture thattaintsrapevictimsanddread ofdishonouringhefamilyareamongthe reasonsthat womenwill not
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ditionsthe crimeoccurred,alongwithother relevantinfor-mation. Whilethisinformationisconfi-dential,especiallyinthe case of sexualassault,mystatusasa researcherallowedaccess to suchreports.2 Asreportedinanewsletterof Saheli(2003:2), afeministnon-fundedorgani-zationinNewDelhithat mobilizesagainstviolencetowardwomenandother socialminori-ties.AccordingtotheSahelireport,Delhi accountsformore than twicethenumber ofreportedcrimescomparedtothe nationalaverageamongmetropolitancities.3 Pleasesee:http://ncrb.nic.in/crime2003/cii-2003/CHAP5.pdf,con-sulted on 9Septem-ber 2005.CrimesagainstwomentabulatedbyNCRBinclude:rape;kid-nappingandabduc-tion;dowrydeathsandattemptsathomicidefordowry;physicalandmentaltorture;molesta-tion;sexualharass-ment;andimportationofgirlsunder21years.NCRBalso maintainscrimestatisticsforgen-der-specificlawsagainsttrafficking,dowry,childmarriage,indecentrepresentation,and sati.4Ibid.5 Personalcommunication,August2005.6ManyMuslimwomensurvivors'courageous
attemptsto filepolicereportsandtell aboutthe brutal
reportsexualassaultsinthevastnumberof cases.6Thisyoungwoman'swithstandingfsexualassault under hreat ofagunandtestifyingto thepolicearelaudableactsofcourage.Infact,theTimesfIndia,anothereadingEnglish-languagenewspaper, pokeof the survivor'sraverynsettingaside thetraumaandherdeterminationobringheassailantstojustice.7Aseniorpoliceofficialdescribedher as an'intelligent,brave,andsharp girl',in thesamereport.Thenewspaperwaslesssympathetico thepoliceandsharplyriticizedheirinabilitytomobilizemmediatelyand tocapturethe assailants.TheDelhi Policemotto,'Withyou,Foryou,Always',hadfallenawfullyshortfor thisyoungwoman.Severalanomalies ariseintheintense mediaspotlighton thiscrime.Notwithstandinghe series of'copy-cat'crimesinvolvingheabductionandsexualassault ofwomen since theDhualaKuanrape,aselsewhere,attackersknowno womencommitthe bulk ofsexualassaults.The NCRBeportsor 2003confirmhatin87.0%cases ofrape,the offenderswere knowno the womenasneighboursorclose relatives. Thespectreofan attackerapproachingwomanwithnowhere oflee fromanalleywaysnotonly misplacedbutalsomisleadingin its emphasis.8 Yet, this framework hapes the reports in English-languagenewspapersndmagazines.Curiously,he fewdetails to berevealedna crimeofsexualassault,especiallyinahighlypublicizedone,aremishandled.Theyoungwoman'sage,which stateshe isfrom,whichcollegesheattended,varied. Heragewasvariously reportedas19,20and22years;shewassaidto be fromManipurastate),orShillongcapital cityof thestate ofMeghalaya),rinmostcasesfromtheNortheasttates,ofwhich hereareseven,includingManipurndMeghalaya.Thecrime has come tobe knownastheDhaulaKuanrapecase.
reporttwo: violentintimacies
In acitywhere174rapeswerereportedbetweenJanuaryndApril2005,whydoesthisparticularcrimegarnersuchpublicity?9Whys itunimportantogetthedetailsrightaboutthisyoungwoman?sshemerelyasymbolofwomen'sxtremeinsecuritynDelhi?OrperhapsasymbolofwhathappensowaywardwomenfromtheNortheast)?Howdoesthisincident becomecasual teatimeconversation?Sexualdiscoursescrisscrossavarietyof culturalcontextsprovidingluesand,sadly,intimatespacesarejustassaturated asarepublicandstatesettings.On11May2005,severalfamilymembersweregatheredat a dearcousin'shome,includingwouncles,twoaunts,amaninhis50srelated tomycousinthroughmarriage,mycousin,mymother,and me.Multipleonversationsnterminglevertea.Myattentioniscaughtabruptlys theman in his50sexclaimsabout therapeof theyoungwomannDhaulaKuanand lamentshowhe twowomencouldpossiblybeout so lateinthenight,'Goingutfortea at 2:00a.m.,Bhaisahib(brother)!'Muchomysurprise,mycousinweighs
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