It is disgraced and dreadful evil that is marking a permanent stain on India’s social fabric. The evil is the rapist beast that lurks everywhere, ready to pounce on his victims at any given opportunity.

The sad story is that the nation has not begun comprehensively to handle this ongoing spread of vicious crime against women.

Manisha of Hathras, Priyanka Reddy, Asifa Banu, Jyoti Singh, and hundreds perhaps thousands more became victims or will be next: now, today, or tomorrow.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, the country recorded an average of 87 rape cases every day in 2019.

Headlines make the scene, along with speeches and statements, are drummed up. Anger, frustrations, and emotions get ventilated. Slogans read: “hang them, shoot them.” Protests sprang up, and candles lit the streets. Articles are written and rewritten; poetry gets its space too. There is a flood of outrage on Social media. And a lot more expressed, discussed, and debated.

Meaningful but helpless expressions become just rituals.

These continue for a few days, remain dormant, and then come back when another national shame breaks out. The cycle is renewed and rerun.

In its response, can the nation go beyond this emotional and enraged cry?

The hungry sex devils do not care and are immune to all the public outbursts. During the brutal moments, the evil lust dominates and erases any civility, morals, or even the laws against the vulturous acts of violence and rape. There is no fear and shame for them in society or their own families.

That is the reality that transfers a man, a guru, an ‘uncle’, a neighbour, a street urchin, a high-caste teenager, a ‘respected’ politician, from being a human to a beast.

They are diseased with a behaviour disorder. The syndrome erupts with an uncontrolled desire to grapple the victim, molest, and burnt alive.

In those horrifying moments, the unconstrained sensual appetite supersedes the society’s protests and the legal punishments, including hanging. Their mental faculties are deranged. The aftermath consequences do not matter.

The civil society’s sentiments and strict legal statutes impact and solace for the victims and their families. But this is a disease. Candles, protests, poetry, prose, and punishments provide just the vents for anger or quick fix, not its ultimate death knell.

Who are rapists? Medical and psychological investigations can reveal the symptoms of the disease to determine the profile of a rapist.

The seriousness of the disease and its escalating spread must be of utmost concern for the nation’s medical community, especially in the faculty of social psychology and related faculties, along with social scientists to deliberate on all aspects of the rape issues.

After all, it is not only the women who get raped, but in the developing rape culture, the entire nation is also a victim.

Promod Puri

1 Comment

  1. shocking, and thoughtful account. IT’s the culture, isn’t it. Somehow we have a similar culture in Canada — clearly my blog post about sexual assault on campuses is still a huge issuehttps://judyhaiven.ca/2021/09/19/university-blues-the-first-two-weeks-of-misogyny-and-sexual-assault/

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