So as assured in my previous post, I’ll be looking into the truth in statistics of rape reports in the country. While I couldn’t find much data on the same stats used in my previous post(link), I did come across another set which seemed fairly interesting to say the least.
The scenario for rape which is most commonly known to us involves nothing more than a girl, an unknown man, a desolate location and a fair amount of bad luck. However, statistics seem to disagree. According to this article:
“Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in 2012.Out of these, 24,470 were committed by someone known to the victim (98% of the cases).”
Which the statistics my blog post is bringing into discussion seem to agree with. Out of a total 583 rape cases decided in Delhi in 2013, only 12 alleged rape by a stranger, coming to 2.05% of the total cases in consideration.
In contrast, 111 out of 583 (19%) of the cases involved the alleged being a neighbor or acquaintance of the victim, while in 30 out of 583 (5.15%) cases, the alleged was an immediate family member. 29.8% involved couples who eloped or allegedly eloped and in 21% of the cases, the alleged victim either did not come for the hearing or turned hostile. (Why didn’t they come though? Was it because the trauma they now associated the alleged rapist with, the fear of public ridicule or being told it’s ‘their fault they were raped‘, foul play on the side of the other party, or simply because the accusation was false? Raises a lot more questions than it answers, don’t you think?)
There are various gradients to rape in any society. While one cannot claim that one shade of rape be more heinous than another, we can definitely be sure that not all threats arise from just one situation.
Rape occurs because the rapist feels more powerful than the victim. The only way around this is to empower yourself in any way you can. While precaution is always important, this inherent caging of women our society has begun clinging to seems like a flimsy excuse after considering the real statistics. Yes, it could be anyone, but statistically, it’ll probably be someone you know.
Again, for more information on this, I recommend you read this article by The Hindu as it definitely did change at least my stance on the entire scenario. Link.