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Editor’s Pick: India’s Daughter

Research done by the National Crime Records Bureau’s 2013 annual report states that in India there were 24,923 rape cases were reported across (in 2012). The statistics then go onto report that from these reported rapes, 24,470 were committed by relative or neighbor. In a recent news report, statistics are now stating that one woman gets raped every 20 minutes in India.

Question to think about: what type of society are people living in?

At the time of his arrest, Mukesh Singh was 28 years old.

What was his crime? Rape.

But in his defense (please note my sarcasm), he has been on record stating that he was trying to teach a girl a lesson because she was out late at night:

A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy…A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes…(w)hen being raped she shouldn’t fight back. She should just lie there and allow the rape. Then they would have dropped her off after ‘doing her’ and only hit the boy.

But what is even more appalling is that the defense lawyers on this case, share the same views. In the same documentary, you can see them on camera stating things which would seem horrific. Defense lawyer AP Singh stated in a previous video, which is seen in the documentary, “If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight.”

And this only re-confirmed in the documentary when he asserts, “This is my stand. I still today stand on that reply.”

ML Sharma, who is another defense lawyer from this case stated, “In our society, we never allow our girls to come out from the house after 6:30 or 7:30 or 8:30 in the evening with any unknown person…You are talking about man and woman as friends. Sorry, that doesn’t have any place in our society. We have the best culture. In our culture, there is no place for a woman.”

No place for a woman? Really? Where the hell did you come from then? How would your mother react to you saying something like this? and I would LOVE to know if either Singh or Sharma have children of their own. But apparently that doesn’t matter because Singh blatantly said he would burn her alive…

But who are we to complain when India’s OWN government officials, and I’m referring the one chief minister, in particular, who said to the press that journalist Soumya Vishwanathan “(shouldn’t have been) All by herself till 3am in a city… you should not be so adventurous.”

So as a woman, am I to believe that once the sun sets I am to not go anywhere? Am I to not see a late night movie with my friends? Not grab a drink at the bar? Or more than that, go out at night with a guy? Why are we living under such a rock? Or is it because Indians (of India) live in a hypocritical society where boys & men flock to the movie theaters and enjoy watching 1/2-naked Bollywood actresses dancing on the screen in these ever-so-popular item songs, but then hang their heads low and say these rape cases are bad?

I encourage everyone to not only watch, but to share the BBC Documentary.
Man. Woman. Teenager. Parent. Police Officer.

Rape is a growing crime, not only in India, but across the world as well. Society needs to come together as one whole in order to resolve this issue. And the first thing is that people need to stop making the victim feel that this happened because of them. Women should be able to wear what they want; go out with whomever they want, and act however they want.

But at the end of the day, the Government which presides over India needs to come together as one unit, and stop putting the blame on media and women in these horrific acts. We cannot have a nation where Chief Ministers want to question why someone was out late at night as the reason they were attacked. Or a government wanting to BAN a video because it brings light to a hiding truth within a nation. If you continue to do that, then you’re only allowing it to continue on more…

A flock of Tweets and other #SocialMedia posts have been coming in from Indians in India about the “ban” on BBC’s documentary.

But again, what good is the feedback when India’s own government won’t take a correct stand and try to rectify this growing issue?