The title image indicates just what Rape Culture is about. If Rape Culture dismisses rape…it dismisses itself as well!
“Once a girl turns 14 or 15, you can’t call it rape after that. There is always consent.”
– An elderly man in Mankawas village, Charkhi Dadri district
“The girl has to have done something wrong, that’s why she’s been raped.”
– A Class 8 boy from Bhiwani
“Both the boy and the girl have done something wrong. Then why is it that only the boy is held responsible? The girl gets to stay at home, the boy is sent to jail. What sort of a law is this?”
– Mother of a rape accused in the Charkhi Dadri district
This is our world. And let me tell you…it was always this way.
The system of rape culture affects men too
“Toxic masculinity”. is a gender stereotype burdening the men in society, depicting them as sexually driven, violent beings. This is the reason why men do not complain when they are raped. They are ashamed of the trauma.
A Khap Panchyat member Sube Singh had given a bizzare ‘solution’ to the ‘rapes’ and suggested that the marriageable age for girls should be reduced to 16 years. He later blamed movies and television for rapes.
What are your thoughts on the rape culture and on the recent situation in our country? Do share your views.