Panel Discussion: Rape ; A Weapon for the Indian Society
October 18 2020. Time: 17:00 (IST)
September 14, a 19-year old Dalit girl, while collecting animal fodder from a field, was dragged and raped brutally by four (4) upper caste men in Hathras village in Uttar Pradesh. Before you grab a breath, another 22 -year old Dalit girl was raped, beaten to death in Balrampur, UP… and the list goes on and on.
Rape may be a heinous crime for the rest of the world, in India, it’s a piece of random news on a normal day. According to the 2018 annual report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), an average of 91 rapes are committed daily in India, making it the fourth most common crime in India. These may be the official numbers, but most rapes go unreported, for a countless number of reasons. Rape has certainly become a new ‘normal’ in India, showing thru rage among the people once in a few years.
Although rapes and cases of sexual misconduct ( including cases of online harassment and workspace molestations) have started gathering headlines in Indian space since the start of the century, the tail of rapes and sexual violence is as old as the very culture Indians take pride in. Rape, unfortunately, is part of Indian culture and hence it’s reference has been normalized again and again.
When you can’t find the trouble outside, look into your backyard.
With this message in mind, this panel tries to shed light on two aspects, rape and the angle of selective justice. Through the lenses of inequality in gendered space, this article studies how aspects of sexual acts, especially against marginalized communities, are a result of long-existing normalization of rape and discrimination.
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