Thank God For Rape!

delhi-rape-protests-295The father of a 5-year old girl who went missing in New Delhi, India, has been told by police to “thank god that your daughter is alive”.  They also offered him a Rs. 2,000 bribe to keep his mouth shut about the incident.  The little girl was abducted on April 14 and held hostage in the apartment of a neighbor without food or water for 3 days where she was reportedly raped repeatedly.  According to the father, “The police told us that we should not highlight the issue in the media and gave us Rs.2,000 as kharcha-pani (for expenses and refreshment).”  The girl has been hospitalized and has required extensive treatment for infection and surgery for physical damage she received in the rapes.  Reportedly, she was abused with many foreign objects, including candles and bottles, pieces of which had to be removed from her genitals.  Doctors expect her to survive, although they warn that her injuries are still grave.

The two officers who told the father to take his daughter home and pray for her recovery have been suspended for “misbehaving”.  Police initially arrested a man who lived on the first floor of the same apartment building in which the child resided, but now, have arrested a second suspect, described as an accomplice.  The first suspect, Manoj Kumar, told police that there was another man involved

However, this just isn’t uncommon in many parts of India.  Back in December, a 23-year-old medical student was fatally gang-raped on a moving bus, sparking widespread protests across India.  Police were quick to react when this newest swell of public outrage caused a huge number of people to come out in protest, but they simply haven’t reacted well.  There is a case of a police officer who hit a female protester outside the hospital where the girl is being treated.  That officer has been suspended.  “The government makes laws just for the sake of making them, with no intention to stop crimes. None of the laws are implemented, and we see rapes increasing by the day,” said a man protesting outside the police headquarters.  Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the attack “shameful” and said “The gruesome assault on a little girl a few days back reminds us once again of the need to work collectively to root out this sort of depravity from our society.”

The problem is, this is an epidemic in India.  Rapes, especially rapes targeting children, are rampant.  In a recent report, the Asian Center For Human Rights cited statistics that it said showed 48,338 child rape cases reported in India between 2001 and 2011. The report said the number of cases had risen from 2,113 cases in 2001 to 7,112 in 2011.  This is clearly a growing problem.  It’s hard to find a period of time where rapes in India are not widespread.  There’s the recent case of 3 girls that were raped, murdered and dumped into a well and the case of 5 men who gang-raped a Swiss tourist.

While it’s unclear what the central problem here is, Indian men are simply taught from childhood not to respect women.  Some of it us religious.  Some of it is cultural.  All of it needs to change.  Radical feminists talk about a rape culture.  This is a rape culture.  It’s ingrained in the society.  Stop whining about the first world and go point your fingers at the people who actually do engage in the things that you criticize.  Do you want to fight the problems that actually exist, or just the imaginary problems that only exist in your mind and only in your little corner of the planet?  This is an issue, this is an issue that needs to be fixed and I’m glad that the Indian government is at least acknowledging that they have a problem.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure how much they can really do to change it, other than to punish the guilty, which doesn’t help the victims.  You have to change the culture and the fact that there are so many backwoods, highly-religious communities where this attitude has been a fact of life for generations isn’t going to be changed easily.

11 thoughts on “Thank God For Rape!

  1. You are right about the sort of cultural change that is needed taking some time. I think it is fair to say that we in the U.S. have been struggling to change this part of our culture for decades. While we've made progress (e.g., it was not that long ago that it was legal right here in the U.S. for men to rape their wives), we still have a long way to go. Even now, most rapes are not reported to law enforcement and far too many young men report on anonymous surveys that they would rape if they were sure they could get away with it. These sort of attitudes appear to be very resistant to change.
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    1. I do think that they are slowly dying, but like most cultural changes, it has to come to a head before that change speeds up. Look at the resistance to gay marriage in the United States. A mere generation ago, legalized gay marriage would have had no chance in any state in the nation, but it's suddenly okay with a lot of people, states are legalizing gay marriage and more and more people are accepting it and even embracing it as inevitable. The build-up took a long time, but once you reached critical mass, it's not taking all that long to achieve a majority acceptance. I think that's going to be the case with a lot of social problems we have, where people will resist for a long time, but once enough people are on the bandwagon, lots of people give up and jump on themselves.

  2. There are a lot of crimes that I understand, even though I wouldn't do it, I can understand why they happen. You really need some quick cash and you feel backed up in a corner and rob a liquor store? I understand. Come home early from work to see your wife cheating on you and kill the guy in a fit of rage? I can imagine the mental state of the murderer there.

    Who the fuck rapes a little girl? You talk about changing the culture, but where would you even start?

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    1. I guess I can understand it, someone who can't get laid otherwise and is sexually frustrated could see rape or molestation of a young girl to be their only alternative, but I'd have to tell that person to grow the fuck up and stop being such a loser.

      1. Some of the research on male rapists suggests that lack of access to sexual partners is not usually an issue. Men who rape women typically don't do it because they are sexually deprived in some way. In fact, there is some evidence that they tend to have more sexual partners than average. This suggests that rape is not primarily about sexual gratification and is likely to involve other factors.
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  3. From WIkipedia, Farmers' suicides in India

    More than 17,500 farmers a year killed themselves between 2002 and 2006, according to experts who have analyzed government statistics.[2]

    For 2002.. thats like 9 times the number of child rapes. Is there a Farmer suicide culture too in India? Never hear about those in Western media, do you.
    Noam Chomsky's Sophisticated Propaganda Model to Manufacture Consent' strikes again.

    "Our hypothesis is that worthy victims will be featured prominently and dramatically, that they will be humanized, and that their victimization will receive the detail and context in story construction that will generate reader interest and sympathetic emotions. In contrast, unworthy victims will merit only slight detail, minimal humanization, and little context that will excite and enrage."
    —E. S. Herman and N. Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent

    ~2000 child rapes in 2001 out of a population of 1 billion.. lets say about 10% are children in the targeted age-period.. thats like 2 child rapes per 100K children.

    The average westerner is way out of their league when discussing crime in India, and the causes for it. I grew up in India and now live in the US. Back when I spent some time on the slymepit and someone talked about this issue, I gave this explanation.
    Patterns of Crime vs Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs

    You are way out of league in this assessment: Indian men are simply taught from childhood not to respect women. Some of it is religious. Some of it is cultural
    If you listen to a discussion on Indian TV INDIAN GENDER JUSTICE Madhu kishwar vs renuka chaudhary Indian men better than western-CNNIBN8mar11, at 7:20 well known anti-feminist women's issues activist Madhu Kishwar pooh poohs feminist BS stats and opinions on Indian Men.. and offers a qualitative assessment of Indian men.. as viewing women as "lakshmi (well-being, prosperity, etc) of the house", and as being "better" than Western Men.

    What strikes me about Men in general though.. around the world.. is their willingness to think of themselves as good people, but other men as being morally deficient in a way that women arent. This is a consequence of the 'women are wonderful' psychological bias that I mentioned in an earlier comment. In this context, this message is for you The Other Man is You

    1. Oh, I agree, the situation in a lot of the third world is horrible, but isn't that their problem to solve? Most of the people who are reading this blog live in first world countries. Are you suggesting that people from outside that culture have a right to impose our worldview on others who may not share it?

      1. I agree with you about NOT imposing worldviews. And people bearing responsibility for solving problems on their own.

        Maybe I didnt structure/word my above comment properly.. so you didnt get my main point.
        My point is that as per the stats, US has greater # of rapes than India.. both in aggregate terms and per capita.

        In this blogpost, you are telling feminists that:
        Hey the US is fine w.r.t Rape Culture. The real problem is India, where Indian men are simply taught from childhood not to respect women. Some of it us religious. Some of it is cultural. All of it needs to change

        I have countered that both quantitatively and qualitatively via my first and second comments.

        1. I would agree, simply speaking from a personal perspective, that people need to learn to respect other people at some basic level and there are a lot of cultures out there that don't do that. However, while I think they ought to do it, it's not my place to force them to do what I wish they'd do, which is the point. I do think there are a lot of people out there who are very emotionally attached to the dictates of their own culture or society and therefore think that everyone else ought to do the same. It's an inability to think about things rationally that gets in the way of solving problems.

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