Is Rape A Game?

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.

Bollywood Actor Shiny Ahuja
Bollywood Actor Shiny Ahuja

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.

Delhi Police Station RapeThe 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.

These two incidents have attracted my eye balls as, the aggressor in Mumbai has ‘admitted’ to something which has shocked the film industry, while in New Delhi, the victim has ‘given’ an embarrassing statement. How will the law advance now! But, as I always naturally side with the poor and the oppressed, I feel sorry for Shiny Ahuja’s family and the maid. My heart also beats for the Delhi police officer’s family and the woman who blew the whistle.

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.

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    Rapists should be hanged till death.

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  3. Here’s a mail I’d forwarded five months ago:

    Subject – Amazon selling rape simulation game

    A “game” that involves the player stalking a mother and her two daughters and then raping them in a virtual world is being offered for sale by online retailer Amazon.com. The “game” is produced by a Japanese company famous for hentai (Japanese porn) wherein gamers perpetrate violence against virtual women.

    The shocking ‘rape simulator’, Rapelay, is set in Japan and carries a sickening game description on the Amazon website.

    Here’s the blurb from Amazon’s (now removed; viewable from Google’s cache) product information page:

    Rapelay is an offshoot of the Illusion series, Interact Play. You, like in previous installments, play as a public nuisance that gets away from captivity and starts scouting for new targets. This time around you find a family of a single mother and her two daughters. You quickly begin your hunt and capture each woman one by one. The gameplay involves an amusing training/disposition system with which to break each respective target to your liking. Watch where you blow your load, or you might get them pregnant!

    One website review describes “tears glistening in the young girl’s eyes” as she is attacked in graphic detail.

    Players begin the game by stalking a mother on a subway station before violently raping her. They then move on to attack her two daughters described as virgin schoolgirls.

    Players are also allowed to enter ‘freeform mode’ where they can rape any woman and get other male game characters to join the attacks.

    Pregnancy and abortion are listed as ‘key features’. One review said: “If she does become pregnant you’re supposed to force her to get an abortion, otherwise she gets more and more visibly pregnant each time
    you have sex.

    “If you allow the child to be born then the woman will throw you in front of a train!”

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