Women strip and beat a politician accused of rape in Northeast India.

So an Assam congressman Bikram Singh Brahma allegedly raped a woman, by entering her hosue at 2 am, her husband raised an alarm, the man was caught, stripped and beaten by women in the village.

Detailed newsIndian politician beaten by villagers after ‘entering a woman’s home and raping her at 2am’.

I remember feeling the same way when Pramod Muthalik’s face was blackened [This is not Democracy, this is Goondagiri - Muthalik], but no matter how justified it feels, punishing anybody without proving their crimes in a court of law (not Khaps panchayats) is still a dangerous precedent.

What do you think?

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16 thoughts on “Women strip and beat a politician accused of rape in Northeast India.

  1. I agree with you IHM. Although it feels like vengeance, I don’t feel comfortable with society doling out punishment before a crime is proven. Anger is justified, and he should be punished, but only once it has been proven that he did what was alleged – even though I know that is unlikely in most cases.

  2. Obviously, there is a vast difference between blackening someone’s face (public humiliation/harassment) and stripping and beating up a person (full-on assault) .

    While I am happy to see that gendered violence is still not considered ‘normal’ in the North East, in my opinion, vigilante justice is still wrong. They were free to name and shame him if they so wished, or protest (peacefully, but firmly) against him.

    But if you commit a criminal act to counter a criminal act, you lose any moral high ground, as well as legal protection against being prosecuted for it.

  3. It is important to have such beatings for the public to have some hope in democracy. A feeling of Security at the lowest administrative unit is critical. Women in the Northeast were always empowered. That’s the reason they have highest reported crimes against women according to police records. This is Bharat, not India where tweeple shouts and passers by just stand and watch.

    • It is important to have such beatings for the public to have some hope in democracy

      Haryana’s Khap Panchayats would agree with you there.

      Or are you saying they are important only as long as they fit in with our value system?

      • They are important from all aspects. Important to encourage democratic participation, and act as a deterrent for criminals. Democracy is not about electoral participation. Its about participation at all junctures, and through many means. Some are a bit on the borderline of legal acceptance, thought. But they are essential.

        Why bring Khap into this discussion? This was an act of individual / mob instinct, and not some group of moral police sitting holding high grounds.

        • If you’re suggesting that public lynchings are a legitimate way of encouraging democratic participation, then I really don’t know what to say to you.

          Electoral participation is the life and soul of democracy. Socially sanctioned violence isn’t, not matter how ‘righteous’ the cause.

          Publicly stripping and assaulting someone, just because you thought they had committed a crime, isn’t a ‘bit on the borderline of legal acceptance’. It is entirely illegal. Against the law. Liable to put you in jail for a fair amount of time.

          More importantly, it is morally unjustified.

          Why bring Khap into this discussion? This was an act of individual / mob instinct, and not some group of moral police sitting holding high grounds.

          Why not bring Khap into the discussion?

          Calling one group ‘moral police’ and the other one a mob doesn’t make their actions different. If, by moral police, you mean mean harming individuals for the sake of perceived moral rightness, then yes, the mob did behave like the moral police. They sanctioned an act of violence and then justified it in the name of their own morality. Of course, we might agree with the morals of one group more than that of another, but that doesn’t make either of their actions all right.

  4. I really don’t know what to think here. On the one hand, rapists need punishment. And not the sort of punishment where a one-off case goes to a fast-track court. Why is *every* case not fast-tracked? Why can the legal system not be more efficient so things like ‘fast-tracking’ are not even required? A majority of the time, for some terrifying reason, you have idiots blaming the VICTIM. On a TOI comment board a few weeks ago, I saw a comment that said “What do you expect if a girl roams late at night”. And on Twitter yesterday, I saw someone comment (with bad spelling left in intentionally) ” Arre girlz shud know wat to expect f guys.. why is he being her friend.. ladkon ki mentality aisi hoti hai” .. How the hell does one even react to such people?
    Then you have all those cellphone-chowmein netas, plus now Mohan Bhagwat, spewing bullshit like active volcanoes, so I can understand where the frustration comes from. I feel it myself, as does everybody watching this unfold. Physical violence should never be an outlet to anger, but I do find myself wondering how we are to make a change. Do you think sometimes, IHM, that these backward attitudes, this patriarchal mindset, this sort of behaviour, are things that will remain stuck in our country, things for which there is no hope for change anymore?

    • Why can the legal system not be more efficient so things like ‘fast-tracking’ are not even required?

      The same reason pretty much nothing pretty much no government organization in India is efficient.

      Top heavy, opaque organizational structures, chronic skill shortages in critical areas, overworked, grossly underpaid employees at lower levels, work processes designed to ensure bureaucratic comfort at the expense of mandated objectives, an overall poor work ethic (which, of course, has a trickle down effect), minimal public accountability, institutionalized corruption, political interference and of course, the sheer, mind-shatteringly immense, demographic strain on public infrastructure.

      These things change only when enough people care about them and force that change to happen. Don’t see it happening at all.

      Creating robust infrastructure for a population of over 1 billion people takes drive, vision and dogged determination over a period of decades. That vision just doesn’t exist for the most part, because it is not really rewarded in India’s democratic system.

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  6. These beatings probably happen because people have no hopes of getting justice through lawful means…if our legal system was better, then maybe the mob would not take it upon themselves to punish someone…and any day a mob helping out a rape victim is better than a mob who just stands by and gapes open mouthed.

    • people in india have become vexed with the current justice system such that in recent times in many incidents people have been taking matters into their own hands…..of course violence is not encouraged in our country as it isnt afghanistan or iran here…but a person has only so much patience …and after experience all the injustice done to them due to this flawed justice system in india with so many loopholes…one starts to lose the little patience left in him and resorts to such assaults….even me and my colleagues once beat up a person who assaulted a doctor for no reason cause the police wouldnt arrest him cause he was linked to some politician…

      but some of these incidents do teach the so called rulers or the criminals that they have something to be afraid of other than the courts and the police….
      although like everything else they have to be kept in check too…if people start assaulting everyone for everything then things will go out of hand soon…so its on the part of the judiciary to see to it that the cases will be recorded soon and the judgements will be passed as soon as possible..only then the people will start trusting the system and stop the assaults cause they will have a scope for true justice by then.

  7. If it wasn’t abundantly clear that rape is defacto legal, I would condemn this vigilantism. As it is, maybe some rapists should live in fear of a mob.

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