Rape laws need changes
For the police, who do not investigate the case with due diligence or violate the due procedures of rape investigation, or attempt to suppress a case, such an officer be dismissed from service and simultaneously prosecuted for helping an accused. Specific section in this respect be added to the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Intelligence must be gathered to find out rape cases going unreported. If the victim avoids lodging a complaint, then the police should lodge a complaint on behalf of the State after taking due precaution to conceal the identity of the victim.
If the rape victim volunteers to come forward and reveal her name, then the stipulation of secrecy in the press and the trial be done away with. Necessary changes could be made in the Press Council guidelines and also the Criminal Procedure Code in this respect. This shall kill inhibitions of many a woman to refrain from reporting cases of sexual violence.
Again, if death results as a consequence of rape, then an in- camera trial be done away with since open trials are greater deterrents to other offenders.
In sum, if three organs of Criminal Justice System – the police, the courts and the legislature work together, then things can indeed change.