How Indian Cops treat Rape Victims: A Sting Operation Expose
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
On 7th March, 2013, about three month after the nation saw an outpour of public anger to protest against the entire system for the brutal gang-rape of the Delhi girl, IBN7 conducted a sting operation to find out the opinions of Indian policemen in matters of rape and molestation. What was revealed is the shocking narrow minded attitude of the Indian cops which raises the big question “Has the police learnt nothing from the public protest over the Delhi gang-rape incident?” Posing as survey people the IBN7 reporters questioned some of the senior policemen in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan and here are the answers they got:
- Sexual activities cannot take place without consent.
- 98% rapes are with consent; only 1-2% are rapes.
- People see women in tight short, clothes and make-up and get thoughts.
- 90% rape happens to women in western clothes.
- Women go out with friends. When more men join gangrape happens.
- Mostly women of bad character and prostitutes get raped.
- 15-16 year old girls get raped only by their consent. They have affair with boys, when people find out, they call it rape.
- Why do women protest after they are raped? If they object before the rape, then no man can rape a woman.
- Law is 200% tilted in favour of women. What they say is final.
Before discussing further let us brief some of the facts:
For the year 2011, the statistical data of the crime against women(Note this are only the registered cases; much more goes unreported):
- Total of 24206 rape cases
- 11351 acquitted
- Only 4072 convicted
- Total 228650 cases of Crime against Women in India (including rapes, sexual harassment, domestic violence, molestation etc.)
- Out of the total cases of Crime against Women, 33789 were in cities
- That implies 85% in rural & small towns
- There has been a drastic increase of 24% in the number of rape cases reported in Delhi after the 16th December 2012 incident with 181 cases registered in the first two months of 2013 (In 2012 706 rape cases were reported in Delhi).
- According to the statistics, nearly three women are raped every hour in the country, and rapes increased by 20% between 2007 and 2011.
- National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) statistics also showed that 94 per cent of rape-accused are known to victims.
With the number of such incidents rising every year, the gender biased mind-set of the cops is creating more problems for the society. Any traumatised victim of such horrific crime will have inhibition to go to the police station and file a FIR if they do not cooperate. Kiran Bedi described it as a failure of the IPS and IAS system. It is the failed leadership of the civil service officials and yielding to the corrupt politicians that is the major cause of the shame.
For a rape victim filing a FIR is another torture for her. When a woman from a slum goes to the police to lodge a FIR, the men in khaki think differently. They jump to the conclusion that the woman is trying to make a false accusation against the culprit to seek revenge over some issue. In case the woman is educated, the cops question the way she dresses. How can we expect justice from such people?
What followed after the nationwide protest against the Delhi gangrape are words from politicians that promised change. But words without action can be of no use. What is now required is reforms at the grassroot level and a police force more sensitized to sexual crimes. That is the first step to making a society safer for women. When asked to Kiran Bedi about what is it that going to take to change that specific attitude of the policemen she replied, “The hammer of the Supreme Court! I have no more hope left. I have faith only in the hammer of the Supreme Court. The honours is on the Supreme Court to get its Police Reforms Judgement of September 2006 implemented.”
Enough of giving awards, token symbolism and candle march that is forgotten after few days. The real tribute to women will be in form of police reforms to provide justice to all the victims. Changing the mindset is a long process but we must begin now.