The Politics Of Rape In India

Mulayam Singh Yadav: Sometimes even wrong people say right things!

Mulayam Singh Yadav: Sometimes even wrong people say right things!



In early 80s one of the popular Hindi flicks revolved around a sensational theme wherein a girl accused a boy of attempting to rape her when she got caught during the seduction stage. As a result of that false accusation, the boy became victim of deep psychological disorder for lifelong. Similarly, a blockbuster Hindi movie released in early 90s shows the protagonist teaching a fitting lesson to her ladylove, who tries to take a revenge by feigning rape! The protagonist makes her very clear that a lady should not stoop down at this level wherein a sexual offence becomes a weapon to settle personal grudges. Not a long back ago the Supreme Court refused to grant relief to a girl who had feigned rape, which led to trial of two innocent youths. They had to ‘suffer the ignominy’ of being involved in such a serious offence!

The Supreme Court in his verdict, without mincing words, stated that  ‘evil of perjury’ has assumed alarming proportions and, therefore, girl deserves no sympathy for maliciously setting the law in motion. “It was a settled position in law that so far as sexual offences are concerned, sanctity is attached to a victim’s statement and that the evidence of victim alone is sufficient for the purpose of conviction if it is found to be reliable, cogent and credible.” It’s ludicrous that an absurd hue and cry is being made over Mulayam Singh Yadav’s alleged rape remarks. Before entering into interpretation of his remarks, it would not be offensive to state that there are few takers, including myself, of type of caste-ridden politics played by Mulyam Singh Yadav, Lalu Yadav and Mayawati. They are icons of regressive tendencies in Indian politics, who never allowed their followers to truly embrace progressive ideals. That’s the reason why Uttar Pradesh is still struggling hard to emerge as a developed state!

One needs to be sufficiently cautious while interpreting remarks of Mulyam Singh Yadav. True, his statement “boys…make mistakes” need to be severely condemned as it trivializes the gravity of a serious offence like rape. However, that’s not the only remark he made. One of the flaws committed by Indian and foreign journalists is that they tend to rely more on sensationalism and as a result of that they misquote and misinterpret serious remarks. That’s not only against the spirit of ethics based journalism but such tendencies also lead to volatile situation in various circles of society. I am sure that an ace politician like Mulyam Singh Yadav would have got his intent right when he pointed out a disturbing trend in Indian society, wherein sexual offences have become a tool to serve vested interests.

 If law makers are truly interested in equity based legal system then their prime task should be to make laws gender neutral!

If law makers are truly interested in equity based legal system then their prime task should be to make laws gender neutral!

The mainstream media eager to cash-in-on the controversial remark failed to highlight the other portion of his speech wherein he stated that “those filing false reports will also be taken to task” so as to stop the misuse of anti-rape law. The mainstream media, controlled by the feminist forces, very shrewdly suppressed this part of the alleged speech. He was demanding a change in anti-rape law not because “boys make mistake” but because its misuse has attained alarming proportions: “Boys and girls fall in love but due to differences they fall apart later on. When their friendship ends, the girl complains she has been raped.” This statement needs to be interpreted in light of  scenario prevailing in present day Indian society marred by perverse tendencies even if one has no place for brand of politics played by likes of Mulayam and Mayawati! This time a wrong person has said a right thing. Why are we hell bent to ignore a harsh reality of present age wherein women are not hesitant to put at stake their own dignity if that suits their interests?
 

Interestingly, cinema is said to be the mirror of society. The filmmakers were far ahead unlike the lawmakers, having their mindset caught in time-warp, in anticipating the disturbing changes in approach of modern Indian women. Unlike the lawmakers who remained glued to perception of “abla nari” (a woman is too innocent and weak to commit any wrong), the filmmakers were bold enough to depict newer trends emerging among women fraternity (refer to movies like Undertrial, Aitraaz, Corporate and etc.). It’s a very recent phenomenon that Supreme Court has taken cognizance of misuse of dowry laws besides being worried about growing trend of perjury cases while dealing with sexual offences. However, it’s quite ironical and travesty of present day grim tendencies that new anti-rape law has no place for gender-neutral provisions. That’s quite shocking. That means law still believes that only men could be perpetrators! How long are the lawmakers going to behave like ostriches having their heads buried in sand?

Needless to state that nobody is suggesting, or rather no one wants that people guilty of sexual offences of serious types should remain above stringent punishment. However, at the same time, it’s also pertinent that fair sex involved in  unfair practise of misusing laws should not be allowed to get off scot free. At the same time if law makers are truly interested in equity based legal system then their prime task should be to make laws gender neutral. What’s the point in nurturing illusions of medieval ages? They need to take clue from filmmakers, who are at least honest enough to portray real face of Indian society as it is (even if they do so to ensure flow of cash)! And the journalistic circle should better restrain themselves from viewing everything from political angle. That would augur well for the welfare of Indian society. The media should be more governed by truth than by falsehood, confusion, and twisted truth sponsored by the corrupt feminist forces! It’s really pathetic that biased mainstream media is averse to anything remotely serving the cause of men and is quick to nasty interpretations of well-meaning sentiments. And it’s even more sadder to notice that even social media remained concentrated on personal attacks rather than framing a more logical perspective!

Justice Dhingra: New Anti-rape law could be misused!

Justice Dhingra: New Anti-rape law could be misused!

References:

The Times of India

New York Daily News

Anti-rape law

False Rape Case

Supreme Court On Misuse of Rape Law

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13 responses

  1. Swarup Sarkar, Prominent Men’s Rights Activist, New Delhi, said:

    Demand of special misuse clause need of the hour to stop legal terrorism!!

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    Author’s Response:

    Absolutely correct….Or else, this would be devastating for Interpersonal relationships of various types…

  2. Many conscious readers registered their presence on this post. Not only they came to read it but also shared this post on other forums. Many thanks to all these readers:

    Rajesh Vakharia, President, Save Indian Family Foundation, Nagpur Branch, Maharashtra; Vidya Bhushan Pandey, Special Prosecution Officer, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Nester Pino, Denver,Colorado; Kamal Baweja, New Delhi; Akshay Mehrotra, Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh; Manjoy Laxmi, Nagpur, Maharashtra; Pravin Satpute, Mumbai, Maharashtra; Gaurav Singh, New Delhi; Kamal Baweja, New Delhi; Aniruddh, Mumbai; Madd Mouth Piece, New York; Swati Kurundwadkar, Bangkok, Thailand; Manoj Joshi, BJP Member, Udaipur, Rajasthan; Satyam Thakur, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Sunil Khadawala, Mumbai, Maharashtra; Tony James, Banagalore, Karnataka; Rahul Jain, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh; Shivram Raikwar, Indian Railways, Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh; Anand Bankar, Nagpur, Maharashtra; Rahul Chellani, New Delhi; Chandrapal Bhasker, United Kingdom; Jitendra Maurya, New Delhi; Himanshu B.Pandey, Siwan, Bihar; Panakj Srivastava, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Nikhil Garg, Noida, Uttar Pradesh; Arvind Sharma, Indore, Madhya Pradesh; Viaks Madan, Jalandhar, Punjab; Manish Tripathi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Ashvini Kumar, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh; Richard Petersen, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Sanjay Kumar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

  3. Vidya Bhushan Pandey, Special Prosecution Officer, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, said:

    There is some ” natural” weakness in female..up to that extent they must be protected by law! Right…I am a prosecutor, I respect the law…

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    Author’s Response:

    Even myself share the same platform which holds you..So that’s why I always speak the language of law in balanced terms..And that’s why feel laws should be gender neutral…

  4. Deewaker Pandey, New Delhi, said:

    The bitter truth is that even we add more law against the rape they are not going to help the society because the basic thinking of individual is corrupted because of side effect of cultural transformation from west to east and its diverse nature…The current law are prone to misuse and that is why they are build for…

    Yes Sir, correct! That is what I really meant when I referred to side effects of cultural changes. Moreover as you said the biased nature of laws, we must have law for the vice versa case just to not allow anyone to take unfair advantage of it.

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    Author’s Response:

    It’s not more laws but effective implementation that work wonders..Secondly, laws alone would not be suffice if, first, they are biased in nature and, second, if you do not take enough measures to stop cultural degradation…

  5. Author’s words for Manish Tripathi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh :

    I kept my words…And it’s pretty interesting and thought-provoking stuff..Please do not read it in hurry!!

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    Manish Tripathi, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh : said:

    I have read it thoroughly….

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    Author’s Response:

    Great..Will listen to your views face to face sometimes later🙂

  6. Rajesh Vakharia, President, Save Indian Family Foundation, Nagpur Branch, Maharashtra, said:

    All real and practical facts covered in this article. Very nice article, something that I expect from you. That’s because I am aware of your deep thinking and as well aware of your ability to say the same things in black and white i.e. in writing.

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    Author’s Response:

    My hands are always full since I am chased by so many concerns at the same time..However, I try my level best to bring on surface the issues that really matter, especially ones related with cause of men. And that I do not because I am seen as Men’s Rights Activist in many circles but because I believe in natural justice. There should be strong and genuine coverage of men’s point of view in an age when pampering sentiments of women have become order of the day…

    Thanks my friend for supporting in such a strong way. You are free to make use of this article. And if you cannot financially help, it’s okay, but please do not ignore to give due credit while making use of the article!!!

  7. Author’s words for Swati Kurundwadkar, Bangkok, Thailand:

    One cannot ignore the other side of the coin…..

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    Author’s words for Nikhil Garg, Noida, Uttar Pradesh:

    Not ready to ignore the realities of life!!

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    Author’s words for Chandrapal S. Bhasker, United Kingdom:

    A sensitive issue..And I am happy that readers visited in huge number on this post..Glad to find you endorsing this article on various forums..

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    Author’s words for Lalita Jha ji, New Delhi:

    Presence of a conscious and informed lady like you on this post makes me feel that I was not at all wrong when I decided to pen an article on this sensitive and complicated issue, having many complex shades…

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    Author’s words for Baijnath Pandey, Buxar, Bihar:

    A serious take on a very serious and sensitive issue!

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    Author’s words for Rekha Pandey, Mumbai, Maharashtra:

    It was a very sensitive post not written for average readers..It’s great to notice that not only good readers arrived but also it has been shared extensively on various social media platforms!!

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    Author’s words for Jade Davis, Maidstone, Kent, U.S.A. :

    Really glad that Jade came to take cognizance of this post🙂

  8. Sbeedu Kottam said:

    Nice write up sir….No need to be careful sir. Better to be blunt and truthful. If common man/woman like doing false drama let them do.

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    Author’s Response:

    Yes, I had to be extra conscious while penning this article..

  9. Amartya Taluqdar, Calcutta, West Bengal, said:

    Wonderful!

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    Author’s Response:

    That day’s conversation with you (of writing something related with feminism) acted as a catalyst and I came to pen this extremely important article..And I feel pretty satisfied that stats of this article reveals that it has stimulated the grey cells of many real thinking souls across the globe…

  10. Abd-Al Rahman Mujahed said:

    I would like to have some more insights into this issue….

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    Author’s Response:

    That’s all I have to say for the time being. Just follow the links embedded in this post in reference column you would have then better idea about this whole issue..

  11. Author’s words for Men’s Rights, Bangalore, Karnataka:

    Thanks my friend..Missed your presence…Anyway, this article has received tremendous response and I looked forward to your arrival….After all, a conscious reader really makes me feel satisfied..Just have a look at this link as well..It’s a latest news item and it goes well with theme of my article..

    “While granting anticipatory bail to a man facing rape charges filed by a woman claiming to be his wife in May 2013, Delhi high court had said that judges should “cautiously examine the intentions of the girl to find out whether the rape complaint is genuine or has malafide motives”

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Bramhakumari-arrested-for-extorting-Rs-7-lakh-from-elderly-man-by-filing-false-rape-case/articleshow/33624852.cms?intenttarget=no

  12. Very nice and well articulated article as I always expect from you,You have tried to cover almost each and every aspect of the matter concerned with it.Hope to see such type of article ahead………..All the best.

    1. Thanks Sudhir ji..I always make an attempt to do full justice with issues which fall my way….

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