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Illustration By: Nivedita Siddhartharn



We - the collective public - we do not know why they do it, do we?

Sure, some of us think we know, but do we really?

Why does no one interview these rapists in India?

Where is the Truman Capote of India? Where is the author, journalist, psychologist, voyeur who wants to know and tell the public why such violent crimes are committed against women, and so spends hours and hours visiting criminals, earning their trusts, getting them to open up and discuss why they crave to do such vile, brutal and even bizarre acts of aggression against women and even young, very young, little girls? Regularly. All over the country and the world.

Don't we need to hear and understand the reasons - perhaps indigestible or crude, incomprehensible or unsophisticated, maybe irrational or even insincere - from the people who commit these acts of aggression before we can begin excavating the rot at the core?



Some of India's less progressive minds tackle
the problem of rape

"It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong." -
Babulal Gaur, Home Minister Madhya Pradesh
"Boys will be boys, they make mistakes... Will you hang them for rape?" -
Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief
"Just because India achieved freedom at midnight does not mean that women can venture out after dark." -
Botsa Satyanarayan, INC legislature from state assembly of Andhra Pradesh
"Rapes take place also because of a woman's clothes, her behavior and her presence at inappropriate places." -
Asha Mirje, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and a member of the Maharashtra Women's Commission
"I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady." -
Manohar Lal Sharma, defense lawyer in Delhi Dec 16, 2012 gang rape case

For more read:

Short skirts, bad stars and chow mein: why India's women get raped - Reuters

Political potshots: Why me, asks modern woman - Times of India

Shut up, please! -

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