[ This article was published by me one month back, but today with the jail of rapist Baba Ram Rahim, I am republishing it ]
I write this article in desperation, no more can ignore the issue. In television channels and newspapers, we see there are rapes and rape-related violence increasing day by day. On switching on the channels, or opening daily newspapers, we find that almost 80% of crimes happen due to rape or relating to rape –directly or indirectly. There are a lot of television discussions by respectable men, journalists, psychologists, social scientists, but without a clear way towards improvement. Those discussions/ reports end up concluding what was known since long back, what our forefathers knew, nothing more than that.
Punishments are already there but it is not creating any deterrence. When heinous Nirbhaya case of Delhi was being fiercely protested nationally, later on discovered that some similar rape cases were occurring in the country at that same time. While you are reading the article scores are happening. You may see the extent of fearlessness of the rapists. My view is that Society is worried over rapes but nowhere near to solve it. All of us belonging to either sex have understood that it is not controllable, only incidence can be reduced. It is a sort of insanity. Genuinely, only women are serious about this because they are the target of suffering the crime. With the progress of time more and more such cases are occurring, now a days it is commonplace, people seems to have lost hopes.
As I understand, it’s the men’s sexual behavior that is at the root of the evil–rape and related crimes to achieve the end. All men are potential rapists. You will see many respectable men who is today advocating women freedom, condemning sexual violence against women, tomorrow they may employ all their tricks to exploit a women sexually. The exploiter may be her boss responsible to rule an organisation or a police officer responsible to control crime or a social elder to set example for the younger to behave, even family guardians responsible to rear them up, and supposed to protect them. Actually problem are also from them whom a women trust more, hence more difficult to stop this sexual harassment/rape. Rapists is under the spell of insanity- even if temporary. No Woman should trust any man whoever he may be, to save herself from sexual exploitation.
Actually, this sexual crime will never stop, our elders and responsible authorities also understands this. This is uncomfortable to admit publicly perhaps because it will give further legitimacy to rapists.
So, what next? will it then be like this till eternity, but I guess with the measures our authorities usually adopt, it is slated to be so–ie it will continue till eternity.
I have thought out one, I know I will have few takers–that is some sort of chemical castration right at the beginning at birth of a male child because it is men only who are often found to be driven to this crime, in 95% of rapes, men are guilty. There may be outcry against this—is there better way in sight?. I consider this unsocial sexual urge of men is not less than a disease, otherwise, why best of conventional measures to stop rapes for thousands of years, have dismally failed .
In that context it may be called a disease. Don’t we vaccinate against cholera, typhoid, chicken pox, polio? Those are also coming from nature as man’s sex. If we can stop diseases like cholera, typhoid, chicken pox, polio beforehand by vaccination in childhood, similarly, we can stop men’s unusual propensity to sex by resorting to chemical– repeat chemical- castration. For some men it is humiliation but nothing else is working. Baba Ram Rahim has raped his disciples. Who knows how many Babas are still escaping detection for the same crime.
I know nobody will accept my suggestion, but I am sure even a century ahead same rape and rape-related crimes, will keep happening in languages unknown, countries unborn .