India's Daughter - The Plight of Rape Victims (with Video)

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 6th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It is rare that I feed driven by the words of another person, but it is clear that today the issue of RAPE in India is one that needs to be highlighted to the world. It is time you watch this video and provide whatever support you can in whatever way you can.

Thanks to SS Kumar

"The banning in India of a documentary, India's daughter... documentary gives... rare insight the rapist's mind and... the parochial mindset of Indian men" Says SS Kumar. He talks much about this video, but sadly falls short by not including the video for anyone who wishes to view. It is of course Mr Kumar's right not to show the video, but that is a step that must be taken for the sake of India's women.

This video may not be in English (except for the subtitles) but it is an important story to be heard.

Every 20 Minutes

Every twenty minutes a woman is raped in India according to the commentary on the video and in saying this it is vital to understand that India is very much a male dominated society and one that has increasingly grown to despise women. It is important to highlight this and this is reinforced more than anywhere else at the time when a new child is brought into the world.

Generally hearty congratulations are given to parents by family, friends and the community at large when they give birth to a son, but they are almost shunned by those same people when a daughter is born. Since the advent of the of the ultra-scan Indian society has become more and more sexist with some families aborting pregnancies when the child is a girl. In Indian society the difference between boys and girls is created in peoples minds at a young age and reinforced regularly through life.

I intervene in this issue because I must and do so for the sake of my Indian family.

"No descent woman goes out at 9pm"

The words of the 28 year old bus driver and convicted rapist who has been given a death sentence for his crimes. The same old excuses:

  • It takes two hands to clap
  • A descent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night
  • A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy by wearing the wrong clothes
  • Housework and housekeeping is for girls

The victim in this video was attending medical school, but had to work in order to pay for her schooling as her family was not rich, she was the daughter of an airport baggage handler.

The Plight of the Film Maker

According to CBC news the woman who directed the documentary film India's Daughter has now had to flee India because of the controversy surrounding the video.

Should this film have been released? Of course it should have been. India has made noises about supporting women's rights, but they have treated women anything but with equality. The rapists may be appealing their sentences but that should not stop the film maker from highlighting the crimes being perpetrated against women in India.

Image Credits

  • Stop crimes on women - Daily Telegraph
  • No Outfit is an invitation to Rape - abc.net.au
  • India Daughter by slate com

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2015 (#)

How sad! Great share!

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2015 (#)

What the hell is still wrong with parochial men who cant realise we are living in a new century.

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author avatar Retired
7th Mar 2015 (#)

The film did get shown on British television, which is probably why there are copyright restrictions on the video to which you have tried to link.

Suffice it to say that it reveals a huge gap between common male perceptions in India and the demands of natural justice.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Mar 2015 (#)

I have played the video before, including under preview, but when published it acts differently.

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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Mar 2015 (#)

And unfortunately, females who do not teach respect for women to their boys are also in a way guilty.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Dear brother Peter, looks like you have been carried away by media publicity. The facts are different and are difficult to digest in the west.
INDIA HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST RAPE RATES IN THE WORLD. The rape ratio per 100,000 population is 1.8 in India compared to 66.5 in Swedon, 34.1 Jaimaca, 26.6 in USA etc. You can check the figures from the net. Delhi has the highest rape rate in in India at 4.1 per 100000 people. Lets not go overboard . India is safer than most parts of USA and the west and I know as I have spent considerable time in USA and west.
I have seen this documentary, it is just an attempt to earn an extra buck and not worthy of discussion, that is one reason I have ignored it. Thanks anyway for starting a discussion on rape.

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author avatar pohtiongho
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Mr. Madan Singh: Your figure is not accurate. Most of the rape cases are never recorded in India. To an average Indian, rape is normal. One rapist even told the judge that if she had not resisted, he would not have killed her. India is just another country where things appear only on papers.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Dear brother, Have you been to india ? don't believe till you see.

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Mar 2015 (#)

A very sad affair but an informative post. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Mar 2015 (#)

I agree Peter the view expressed by the rapist is outrageous but I do not know whether it is his own or words put to his mouth by his lawyer for his self defense. Every murderer has a reason for his crime.

The main issue in India is lack of enforcement of law which is getting highlighted more and more due to the reach of modern media. Women are more vulnerable at night and Indian women are aware of this situation. They take care to avoid going alone in the dark. For that matter even men can get mugged.

Regarding gender bias, the reality has changed in India. Many couple even yearn to have daughters as sons are less dependent after their marriage - reason is obvious!
Though outwardly, India appears to be a male chauvinistic society women are no push over, they have the final say in family matters. India has many issues but I feel incidents like this are not that common considering the size of population - 1.2 billion. The outpouring of emotions shows that the vast majority do not agree with the view of the rapist - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
8th Mar 2015 (#)

Siva, the truth of the matter is that rapists have used such excuses before, and that is all they are an excuse or opportunity to blame the victim instead of taking responsibility.

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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Mar 2015 (#)

The solution is fast tracking of legal cases and social sensitization. I would say we ought to even put behind bars all the people who get sex determination done.

And unless moral values change, we cannot have cops at every nook an corner to prevent crimes against women.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
9th Mar 2015 (#)

PTrikha, Crimes against women do not have the right priority in many legal systems around the world. I saw two recent reports criticizing police in Canada for failing women because they failed to assign the right amount of resources to solving such crime.

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author avatar Shamarie
7th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for the post, Peter!!!

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
7th Mar 2015 (#)

I agree with you Madan.We have to look at ratios and India is not top of the list.India Contemporary law is strict compared to other countries.

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author avatar Ptrikha
9th Mar 2015 (#)

No my dear Randhir, even in straight-forward cases, conviction is very slow and at times the guilty get just a few years in jail and go free due to lack of evidence.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
9th Mar 2015 (#)

Evidence can certainly be an issue.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
7th Mar 2015 (#)

InterestingThanks for the share Peter.

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author avatar Carol Roach
10th Mar 2015 (#)

I love your article these are so meaningful. You are a person after my own heart. I run a women's issues column and have started posting my articles on Wikinut as well.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Mar 2015 (#)

Carol, I don't look out for specific issues - some simply drive the need to say something.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Rape is Wrong in any country Peter , and I am glad that some countries are permitting this video to be aired to highlight the bias and excuse the young man is speaking .
Of course I don't like the thought that he has to die for this crime , but if this is the solution to a problem that will not go away by any other means ...what else can be done ?
may God have mercy on us all
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Stella, I disagree with the death penalty, but rape is a crime that is rarely taken as seriously as it should be and generally the sentences are too lenient.

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author avatar pohtiongho
13th Mar 2015 (#)

The rapists will rape again, once they are free. How many of them did not do it again after they were released from the prison ?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
17th Mar 2015 (#)

pohtiongho, If I were writing the law for rape then such rapist would get life and life would mean life.

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author avatar BiristerSharma
18th Mar 2015 (#)

When I saw the clips of this video on TV, I was stunned the way the rapist defended the heinous crime he had committed. How shamelessly he said that the girl was responsible herself.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
19th Mar 2015 (#)

Birister, I studied law and have seen these types of comments many times before - it is the typical rapist excuse to deflect blame.

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