Statistics have shown that most rapes/sexual assaults happen to women who are vulnerable, not women who are attractively (‘provocatively’) dressed.
More than 90% rapes are preplanned and the perpetrator is someone known to the victim, an older relative, a teacher, a neighbour, an employee, a landlord etc.
The victim is generally someone who the rapist does not expect to complain or fight back. An easy target. Someone vulnerable or weak.
Amongst rapes by strangers, a meru cab driver who raped a girl working in a bar in Gurgaon; a gang of village men from a village near Noida; rapists planning to make an MMS in a car looking for some victim on a lonely road; upper caste men raping dalit women; custodial rapes; the mob in this video in Gurgaon, these are criminals who knew they were unlikely to be reported, arrested or punished.
Their actions were not provoked after seeing an attractive woman.
In fact most rapists do not expect the victim to complain.
Also many rapists do not see rape as a serious crime, because they have always seen the victim being blamed for being raped (Honor, wrong clothing, being with wrong people, wrong time etc).
The only way to change this is,
1. Those who are charged with citizen’s safety make clear statements that convey that the crime would not be excused or tolerated.
2. Victims be assured that they can report safely. (the police is feared the most).
3. If women start reporting,
4. And if rapes start being taken seriously,
5. If we see more convictions,
– then there would be fewer crimes against women and children. No matter how they were dressed.
But, all the restrictions on women’s life styles and clothing have only made it difficult for them to report rapes, and thus encouraged the rapists.
So, do normal, mentally sound men get provoked into raping women, children or babies if they are provoked by the way the way they were dressed?
And, can men who come from backgrounds where women are respected also get provoked into raping? Does rape begin in a man’s mind and in his attitude towards women? (thanks for this sentence Sangeeta.)
What kind of men are likely to molest or rape women and children?