By Anindita Datta, author is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics.
Issue - Women and Work
Date - 1st July 2018
Statistics show that one rape occurs almost every twenty minutes in India. Despite stringent legislation and amendment to rape laws why are such crimes on an increase? Understanding the link between everyday violence and violent crimes such as rape is imperative. Interventions need to be two pronged and address both to be effective.
In January 2018, an unidentified man raped an 80 year old woman inside her home in village Talwade near Pune (Outlook, 2018). In the same month, an 8 year old girl’s mangled body was found dumped in the jungles near Rasana village of Jammu and Kashmir after being gang raped and unspeakably brutalised. Barely two months later in Delhi, a 28 year old man was arrested for raping his 8 month old cousin. The baby languished in hospital in a critical condition (BBC, 2018). Every single day newspapers break such stories of rapes from different corners of the country. Neither infant nor octogenarian seem safe from this epidemic of rape. In earlier decades, high profile cases such as those of Rameeza Bi, Maya Tyagi, Soni Sori and Bhanwari Devi had led to discussions on custodial rape. The Nirbhaya case in 2012 where a 23 year old was gang-raped with a...