Q.1. What kind of message do you think would discourage rapists from committing a rape?
Ans. Please answer in comments, posters, links or posts.
Q. 2. And what kind of message would the rapists find confusing or even encouraging?
Ans 2. Messages like,
“A rapist is not really wrong to rape a woman if she not a ‘good’ woman?”
Or, “So if she drank Vodka, a rapist can’t really be blamed… such women deserve it… “
“Rapists are safe because even if the victim does dare to report, the cops will silence her with their ignorance, prejudice, blaming, shaming and incompetence.”
Q. 3. What message is the Noida police sending out to other sexual assault victims?
Ans. “Don’t dare report rape and add to our work. We might break laws and reveal your identity.”
Or simply, “Reporting a rape is just not worth the trauma we are capable of giving you.”
Q. 4. Do we have more rapes now, or are more rapes being reported?
Ans. I have no doubt that we are seeing more reporting of rapes, the crime was not even seen as a crime in the past. Most victims were silenced or honor killed.
Q. 5. Would the police be relieved if victims were too ‘ashamed’ to report the crime?
Ans. I suspect the Noida Police would love to see the voices of rape victims silenced. Noida police’s biggest problem seems to be that the victims are not being seen as culprits by everybody else anymore.
Q. 6. Does a rapist see sexual assaults as dangerous crimes? Does an average rapist clearly know that raping a woman who is sleeping with more than one man is still a crime? Or that even if a woman is wearing bikini/salwar-kurta/jeans/shorts//nothing/and is drinking – raping her is still a crime?
Ans. A Delhi cop once admitted that many rapists are not aware that rape is a serious crime, they don’t hear voices clearly stating that it is wrong to molest, harass or sexually assault. Sounds unbelievable? Take a look, ‘The rapists often don’t see their actions as crimes, the police said, and they don’t expect the victims to report them.‘
Hindustan Times today said the cops seem to behave like Accomplices to the crime (Read the article, it echoes our thoughts) I too feel UP cops seem to ‘understand’, justify and defend the rapists. They also seem to seriously believe that women who drink or interact with men are at risk of being raped.
Q. 7. Who do you think is thanking their stars to have to have such incompetent cops – the victims or the rapists?
Answer – Rapists of course. But also other potential rapists and other sex offenders.
I plan to create such posters, would love it you do too! Found this one on facebook.
(shared by Nish)