I am watching closely the progress of two rape cases that have rocked India’s capital New Delhi and its financial hub Mumbai this June.
Though rape cases are reported in India – particularly in these two centres – with alarming regularity, I’ve picked up these two samples because of their peculiarity.
In the first instance, a Bollywood star Shiny Ahuja has been charged with raping his teenaged domestic maid at his Mumbai flat on a Sunday afternoon. The actor had initially denied the charges but is reported to have said that it was consensual sex, and according to the police he had confessed his crime.
The other case erupted in New Delhi where a 35-year old woman accused the In-charge of a police station and his four uniformed subordinates of raping her inside their duty post. The woman is now reportedly saying that she was on spousal duty, trying to save her husband from arrest.
But without jumping to any conclusion, I feel the progress of these cases will show how justice or injustice works in this South Asian country, aspiring to be a world leader in next 10 years.
The status of women has overseen great changes in free India where a woman, Pratibha Patil, is the President while another woman Sonia Gandhi heads the ruling Congress Party. Also, the present lower house of the Indian parliament has the highest number of women lawmakers thus far, 59, and the youngest minister of the country, Agatha Sangama, is a woman, too.
Hence, irrespective of which side the complainants and the victims are in the above cases, we should not forget the gravity of the allegations in a rape case. Rape is a grave offence which could make a doer liable for imprisonment for anything from 10 years to life. May the police investigate these two incidents with great caution and may the guilty be punished.
The Indian society cannot tolerate these types of behavior. Rape is not a game. And if at all one wants to make it one, let there be computer games where a prospective victim could fight back and gauge out an eye or two or stab the would be rapist in the nuts. It can be a good learning experience.