Rape: The Monster of Male Ego

Since the time of the Vedas females have been suppressed and crushed under the ego of males. Ravana kidnapped Sita because he wanted to show his superiority over Rama. Draupadi was harassed and insulted because of the shallow and false ego of the Kauravs. Even her husbands are to blame. They considered her as a commodity. Yudhisthir lost her in the game of dice. During the time of partition many innocent women across the borders were molested and raped just to prove superiority of their nation over other. History is full of such examples where monster like males have raped and tortured females barbarically.

Rape doesn’t simply mean forcefully having sexual intercourse with a girl but it rather means killing a girl’s self confidence and torturing her to such an extent that she begs for death. Some people think that illiteracy is the main reason behind such cases. Though it’s true, literacy rate is increasing. But it’s embarrassing to know that despite this fact cases of rapes are increasing day by day. There is also a wrong perception that rape happens mostly in rural areas but recent incidents of rapes in so called “safe metropolitan cities” have shocked the nation. The main problem is the narrow minded and egoist mentality of Indian men. For them females are a weaker sex and are soft targets. They think it’s their birth right to rule over all the females who are associated with them; they cannot bear to hear ‘NO’ from them.

Being a girl, I feel disheartened when somebody judges a girl by her clothes, the so called great religious gurus of our nation accuse modern dressing style and increased literacy for increase in rape cases. It’s really shocking that people think that the girls who wear Western clothes invite men to rape them.  These dumb heads should know clothes don’t matter. What matters is the stinking mentality of men.

Literature and movies play important roles in shaping the mindsets of people. Most of our literature and movies showcase women in a wrong manner. The worst offenders are the daily shows. They portray women in their most idealistic situations far from the reality. And in the world of these melodramatic serials, the main aim of a girl is just to find a suitable suitor and nothing else. Education and career are all secondary things. What are we teaching our young generation? We are making them biased. The advertisement world and media are also to blame. They show us the world which is no real. The people could buy these costly products and could become heroes in front of their friends are privileged but the ones who cannot afford them become losers and thus they become frustrated. This frustration results in crimes like rapes.

We all should take a step forward and make ourselves bold enough to fight against these monsters. Parents should teach their girls to be confident and bold and simultaneously they should teach their male children that girls and boys are equal and they should respect all women. There is a dire need for a social revolution to change the mindsets of people and make them enlightened.

Madiha Musarrat, BA (H) English

Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia

The Rape Culture

The epidemic of sexual abuse has been plaguing the society since the existence of humankind, of course, through different masks. Rape culture is defined as condoning, accepting and normalizing the regular occurrence of physical, emotional and sexual terrorism against the most marginalized section of the society—the female.

It doesn’t matter whether it is a high-class, conscious of its status-quo society or a remote village far from the world of Shopping Malls and luxuries; it is the outlook which matters. The agony of an internally traumatized woman doesn’t stir the society. Instead, the environment seems to throw a picture as if the assault is normative and people start believing that rape is inevitable. We’ve accepted rape as part of our society and allocated gender roles only aid in exasperating this.This unfortunate trend of “rape culture” is encouraged by several reasons.

On the first place, the victim is considered to have lured the culprit into her web. This is complete ignorance of the fact that no female wants her body and to be torn apart. Nor does she want the society to prick her with derogatory comments and useless opinions. This also refrains the victim from taking any legal action against the rapist/s.

The “normalisation” of rape is the consequence. People no more deal with it in a serious manner. The insensitivity towards such heinous crimes is directly proportional to the rate of its occurrence.  The more number of rapes occur and culprits go either undercharged or they wander freely like an emancipated bull.

There are several factors which contribute towards the desensitization of rape, and thus making it completely inevitable part of our lives. These are woven into our lives so profusely that it becomes difficult for us to distinguish.

The source of destruction and desensitisation as I think is the Television and Movies. The content which shown, the language being used the rape jokes, are all a threat to poison one’s mind.  When we see the scenes depicting rape or sexual violence we are giving our consent to rape, “an integral part of our culture”. With all the obscenity and nudity expressed widely over the world, an unhealthy and crime invoking environment has been made.

It encourages the perpetrators of sexual violence that we don’t consider the gravity of situation and in some cases condone it.The explicit advertisements make everything open and boast the confidence of malefactor for committing another felony.The low standard of language and common use of taboo words depletes the social environment. We have plenty of people who call losing a sports game “getting totally raped.”

The internet, when it comes to this topic proves to be a bane to society. Thousands of sites are running which gives access to pornography free of cost. It is a platform where one can easily couple hell within his mind. There are beauty websites which label toddlers as “effing hot”. Even the kindergartens are objectified then what to say of women!

The interesting thing to note here is that all the above mentioned things have no censorship. They continue to ruin the society in the name of “Freedom of Expression” and “Modernisation”.

The definition and difference between Morality and Modernisation has also been brought under question. Just question, no answer. The world continues to degrade. The sun and the moon continue to be the witness of soul shaking horrific transgressions.

Farheen Sultana, BA (H) English, Sem- III, Jamia Millia Islamia