According to one news channel the police thinks there are some inconsistencies in what this rape victim is alleging, the channel shared only the point of view of the police. Maybe the victim is lying, maybe no rape happened, maybe she is in shock, but isn’t the police supposed to follow basic investigations to confirm that?
The report below by TOI gives the victim’s point of view. There is less victim blaming (added: less than otherwise) in the comments that follow because the report is not sympathetic to the rapists.
Only the police is being blamed, not the rapists. One commentator (VS, Bangalore) directly defends the rapists.
“In a country like India, since prostitution is not legal, single men may commit such crimes under the influence of alcohol. While women should be given protection, men should be given a channel to vent their sexual frustration. Sex is a biological need for a man. Why should a man marry to satisfy his physical need. He should have other legal options for safe sex. I think this would prevent such crimes in India to a very large extent.”
This is called Rape Culture. Understand the term Rape Culture better here… the truth in it will give you goose bumps. (Link shared by Shail)
And now the report I liked. [Link shared by Anil Singhal]
A woman in Kolkata was raped in a car.
1. The victim arrived at Park Street police station on the morning of February 8. It had taken her two days to muster courage to file a complaint. Officers heard the incident from her and asked her to give a written complaint. A Supreme Court directive says that police have to file an FIR as soon as a woman complains of sexual assault. But in this case, the police lodged only a general diary and registered a case only the next day.
2. “The officer in charge asked … how a woman could be raped inside a moving car… wanted me to explain the posture in which the accused had raped me,” alleged the victim. … (they) taunted her for going to a nightclub and even tried to malign her character. (IHM: They should have started the investigations, medical tests etc instead.)
3. … only a lady officer can examine a rape victim in the presence of her guardians and at a place that is comfortable to her. But the car-rape victim was accompanied by a male officer for forensic tests…
4. … police did not apply for forensic tests till February 10. The test was carried out only on February 14.
5. Police officers explain the delay by saying that the victim’s complaint “was not compact” and “not to the point” so they asked her to write again and registered the case the next day. But officers in the department believe it is a lame excuse. There was enough scope to start a case immediately. They could have collected the “precise complaint” the next day. Besides, it is too much to expect a traumatised rape victim to write a concise complaint.
6. This delay could prove very costly because the night club where the gang allegedly approached the woman preserves CCTV footage for only four days. The incident happened on February 6 and even on February 10, the police had time to get the tape but they did not bother. They did not even bother to go through the CCTV footage of the hotel or the intersection where she was dropped.
7. Violating a basic norm of rape investigation, police did not ask the victim for the clothes she wore during the incident. Even till Wednesday evening, they had not made any such attempt. “Seizure of garments for forensic examination is mandatory,” said advocate Gautam Ghosh.
8. …since the initial medical test… revealed abrasions in her mouth, and on the temple and knees, an immediate forensic test could have provided more evidence. “Police ended up damaging the evidence, which can affect the merit of the case,” said an expert.
9. Sen admitted that police could have done more but argued that since the complainant had come to police two days late, there was a chance that she had already washed the cloth. (IHM:Not clear if she had washed the clothes or there was only a chance that she had.)
10. The woman claimed that she had provided police with photographs of the accused collected from a social networking site, but the police did nothing. The first suspects were picked up a week after the incident. On Wednesday evening, police tracked a suspect named Gidwani only to find that he was in Canada since January. [Read the article here.]
Another link – Woman raped in car at gunpoint in Kolkata, cops jeer.