Radio cabs are generally considered safe. The driver’s identity, address and criminal record are verified, (which is why the driver has been arrested so fast). Normally, having his identity and address in the company’s records would have worked as a serious deterrent.
Why did it not?
Why was the driver not afraid of being arrested?
Because he was sure that the victim would not report.
“The woman initially told the cops that the driver had snatched her gold chain. “A PCR gave the cab a chase till Saket but he managed to escape. It was then that the woman told us about the alleged rape” [Link].
I have blogged about the
reluctance refusal of another victim to report rape, here.
And what makes the rape victims so reluctant to report and rapists so confident that they would not be convicted? They know who would be judged and questioned.
Do read this rape analogy along with some of the comments that follow the news report. (With thanks to S who shared it in a comment in the previous post.)
Officer: A mugging, eh? Where did it take place?
Man: I was walking by 21st and Dundritch Street and a man pulled out a gun and said, “Give me all your money.”
Officer: And did you?
Man: Yes, I co-operated.
Officer: So you willingly gave the man your money without fighting back, calling for help or trying to escape?
Man: Well, yes, but I was terrified. I thought he was going to kill me!
Officer: Mmm. But you did co-operate with him. And I’ve been informed that you’re quite a philanthropist, too.
Man: I give to charity, yes.
Officer: So you like to give money away. You make a habit of giving money away.
Man: What does that have to do with this situation?
Officer: You knowingly walked down Dundritch Street in your suit when everyone knows you like to give away money, and then you didn’t fight back. It sounds like you gave money to someone, but now you’re having after-donation regret. Tell me, do you really want to ruin his life because of your mistake?
Man: This is ridiculous!
Officer: This is a rape analogy. This is what women face every single day when they try to bring their rapists to justice.
Man: Fuck the patriarchy.
The rapists often don’t see their actions as crimes, the police said, and don’t expect the victims to report them. (When media is not objective)
A visibly shaken Shiney Ahuja gets seven years for raping his maid despite her ‘admitting’ the charges were false. (When media is not objective)
“A clandestine, and irresponsible, affair may prove dangerous. A city girl learnt it the hard way,” (When media is not objective)
Rape in India – Ramya