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Rape schmape - just another day in India

09 June 2014, 15:23

The article Indian minister: Rapes happen accidentally refers.

I read this article with absolute shock and dismay. How is it possible that we still have people in the 21st century that still reason like this? It is deplorable on levels that normal language cannot accurately convey.

According to the article, Ramsevak Paikra, the home minister of central Chhattisgarh state is quoted as saying: "Such incidents [rapes] do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally".

How can you accidentally rape someone? Hmmm, there I was casually walking down the road, chatting on my phone and the next moment I tripped and fell fully erect straight into that woman. I dunno what happened.

Even worse is Babulal Gaur, minister of the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh state, that is quoted as saying rapes were “sometimes right, sometimes wrong”.

Come on! Really? There is simply no reason whatsoever that will justify rape. None.

I would have suggested that our country sever our trade ties with India until the country can get its act together regarding the treatment of women in general and rape victims in particular, but then realised that our country doesn’t fare much better. At least here you don’t regularly hear of a community hanging a rape victim. Small consolation.

What can we as civil society do to fix this situation?

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