Hu­mil­i­at­ing Rapists

The Bhopal po­lice re­cently took the bold step of sham­ing rapists by pub­licly parad­ing them. Aditi Jayakar Kane reaches out to celebs and cit­i­zens to find out whether it’s a healthy trend or not.

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There’s lit­tle doubt

that sex crimes have reached epi­demic pro­por­tions in In­dia, caus­ing us pain, hor­ror and anger ev­ery day, be­sides face loss world over. On sev­eral panel dis­cus­sion and talk shows, cit­i­zens have ex­pressed frus­tra­tion that the present law and or­der sys­tem of the coun­try is fall­ing grossly short to check these crimes, and that it’s time the coun­try in­stilled swifter, harsher pun­ish­ments.

In­censed per­haps with the same sen­ti­ment, in a re­cent gan­grape case, the Bhopal po­lice meted out unique treat­ment to the accused. The four accused were pa­raded pub­licly, with women be­ing al­lowed to pub­licly as­sault them…

THE CRIME

The vic­tim, a 20-year-old girl stu­dent, was ab­ducted and gang raped in broad day­light by her col­lege se­nior and his friend. The vic­tim told the po­lice that Shailen­dra Singh, 21, asked her to sit on his bike and when she re­fused, he snatched her mo­bile phone. While plead­ing with him to re­turn her phone, he forced her to sit on his bike and rode to a friend’s room. In the room, Shailen­dra’s three friends - Dheeraj Ra­jput, 26, Sonu Dangi, 21, and Chi­man Ra­jput, 25 - were al­ready present. While Shailen­dra and Dheeraj took turns to rape her, the other two kept guard at the door. The vic­tim was threat­ened that she and her fam­ily would be killed if she told any­one, but even­tu­ally she broke down be­fore her par­ents at home. The par­ents filed a com­plaint and the accused were ar­rested. All four con­fessed to the crime and were charged un­der Sec­tions 376, 376D, 365, 342, 506, 323 and 34 of IPC.

“I think the po­lice were too light on the rapists. They should have cas­trated them! Rapists think they can rape and do what­ever they want!” — Prahlad Kakar

“Ev­ery crime is a crime against so­ci­ety. Whether it is an eco­nomic crime or a phys­i­cal crime. ” — Kranti Sathe

PO­LICE AC­TION

The de­plorable in­ci­dent fol­lows barely five months af­ter the gang rape of a stu­dent by four slum dwellers in Bhopal. In the shock­ing in­ci­dent, the po­lice had re­fused to file an FIR and the fa­ther of the rape vic­tim him­self fi­nally caught the rapists and dragged them to the cops, leav­ing the city in shock and anger. Af­ter fac­ing se­vere flak for the way the case was han­dled, CM of Mad­hya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh

Chouhan, is­sued an ul­ti­ma­tum to the cops to ‘per­form or per­ish’.

Whether to re­gain the con­fi­dence of the masses or to send out a strong mes­sage, this time ‘round, the Bhopal po­lice acted with no mean le­niency. The four rapists were pa­raded through the streets bare­foot, while women on­look­ers phys­i­cally as­saulted them along the way. They were also made to do sit ups and apol­o­gize for the crime.

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