THE BOYS FROM HELL
Who are the Mumbai rapists? A lowdown from police files
THEY DON’T EVEN REMEMBER HER FACE Not one of the Shakti Mills rapists could recall their victim’s face or clothes. Rapists use a woman as an object to fulfil fantasies.
THEY WORK IN PACKS, ARE POWERLESS OUTSIDE Rapists have low self- esteem. They need the pack to boost each other’s confidence and use sex as a collective expression of revenge. EVERY PACK HAS DESIGNATED ROLES This is especially so if the pack has raped before. There is a leader and there are followers. On occasion, there is a deputy. The leader gets the first pick at the victim and
eventually has the last word too.
THEY FEED THEIR FANTASY Stress makes men sexually ineffective. It is the man who has the time to feed his fantasy who is likely to be a rapist.
THEYARE NOT EDUCATED Observation of
cases registered with the Mumbai Police in the last two years indicates that a majority involved accused who are uneducated. THEYARE OUTCASTES Accused Vijay Jadhav, for instance, was disowned by his own family for sexual depravity. Men like him seek strength in like- minded men. THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN Violence in language and crude terminology are common in their homes. Women
are expected to behave in a certain way. THEIR BEHAVIOUR IS REHEARSED Atotal lack of fear of getting caught eggs rapists to repeat the crime. To break the cycle, collect evidence, report the crime. Otherwise it will occur again.
( Source: Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police ( crime), Dr S. M. Patil, chief surgeon, Mumbai Police, and Dr Kaminidevi Bhoir, honorary police counsellor, Mumbai)