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INDIA AND THE DIASPORA => Indian Perspectives => Topic started by: Kairi on June 10, 2014, 12:41:06 PM

Title: India's Feudal Rapists
Post by: Kairi on June 10, 2014, 12:41:06 PM
A phrase I’d never encountered until recently has caught my eye and mind.  Rape culture.  Reported to be of American feminist coinage in the 1970’s, it encapsulates the idea that rape and sexual violence is linked to the culture of a society and, to quote the Wikipedia, “in which prevalent attitudes and practices normalize, excuse, tolerate, and even condone rape.”  Wikipedia goes on to state that “Rape culture has been observed to correlate with other social factors and behaviors.  Research identifies correlation between rape myths, victim blaming and trivialization of rape with increased incidence of racism, homophobia, ageism, classism, religious intolerance, and other forms of discrimination.”

Over the last two years an increasing number of reports have been coming out of India with regard to sexual attacks against women.  Additional to the heinousness of the crime by itself, is the disturbing manner in which the crimes are conducted.  A consistent recurring theme is the need to reduce the women to the most objective status possible, extreme physical tortures are inflicted, in some cases even death and most appallingly of all, this misogyny then reflected in the attitude of the authorities towards the victims, perpetrators and the crime itself.  The phrase “rape culture” has been applied in Western editorials with regard to how India has been treating with the problem of a culture that holds the value of the male gender to be so endemically superior to that of a female that it seemingly condones such attacks, as evidenced by the manner in which reported assaults are treated by the local police authorities, village elders and even politicians. 

I, like many others sitting on Western borders, took the reports at face value when the representation was made that women are being oppressed and victimized for their gender via these attacks.  India was after all, the place where overwhelmingly, its variant culture paradigm promotes that women be taught not to get raped rather than teach that their men ought not rape.  However, another reasoning behind the attacks is beginning to surface and it casts a completely differently light on the increasing spate of sexual violence being heralded in Eurocentric media.  Caste is being fingered as a justification for the attacks.  If this holds true then these rapes would not be the Westernized misinterpretation or distortion of a gender issue, a patriarchy gone to a mad extreme.  They may well be the hallmark of an ethnic attack against a vulnerable section of the society...and while the assertion that India fosters the definition of a "rape culture" holds water, perhaps this too is simply a by-product of a much deeper problem.  The statistics quoted in the article are quite disturbing and the numbers tell a different story to that of a mere gender attitude.  It bears consideration.

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Title: Re: India's Feudal Rapists
Post by: Kairi on June 10, 2014, 12:42:26 PM
An inside perspective -

"A Dalit woman explains how the caste system is a lethal one where, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, four Dalit women are raped, two Dalits are murdered, and two Dalit homes are torched every day."

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Title: Re: India's Feudal Rapists
Post by: Kairi on June 10, 2014, 12:43:42 PM
A look at the village/community where the cousins were assaulted and hanged.

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Title: Re: India's Feudal Rapists
Post by: Kairi on June 10, 2014, 12:49:14 PM
Now the question I ask is this - had the attack been on a child of a different caste, would the same attitude apply?  Would it be equally be said that "boys make mistakes"?  Is this truly a gender issue or is it a question of caste?

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Title: Re: India's Feudal Rapists
Post by: Kairi on June 28, 2014, 02:55:11 PM
Why Are Women Being Hanged In India?

excerpt   Such crimes are not new to Uttar Pradesh, indeed to India.

As a young girl, when I visited my grandparents in my tiny ancestral village in Pratapgarh district in the state during my annual summer vacations, I sometimes heard my mother and our neighbours talk about assaults on women.

The perpetrators were almost always men from my community - high-caste Brahmins. And the victims were almost always lower-caste or Dalit (formerly untouchable) women."

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