In a recent discussion with a young man, when I mentioned,
“Punishment for the rape should be structured i.e. categorized and graded with severity of the injury to the victim & additional factors”
Gradation of the Punishment may help to limit severity of the cases; as any additional injury caused to the victim may attract more stringent punishment to the accused. In reverse of it abrupt terminal punishments although may act as deterrent but once incidence has been committed, accused may try to kill the victim to escape identification, so severity of the cases will increase & it will an undue risk to the possible victim caused by inherent fault in law. [link]
“I can’t believe you are saying this! You are saying rapists should not be hanged?”
“Why aren’t we hearing demands to hang those who throw acid on women? What is the punishment for chopping off limbs or blinding? Those who ask for capital punishment for rape, see a rape-victim as Zinda Laash.” [Zinda Laash is ‘a living corpse’]
Do rape victims see themselves as zinda laash? If there was no stigma, more rape victims would be able to share how they feel.
I shared this inspiring link with this young man.
” … My goal was to live and that was more important than anything else. I fought the attackers physically at first, and with words after I was pinned down. Anger and shouting had no effect, so I began to babble rather crazily about love and compassion,I spoke of humanity and the fact that I was a human being, and so were they, deep inside. They were gentler after this, at least those who were not raping me at the moment.
….I had earnestly promised the rapists that I would never tell any one but the minute I got home, told my father to call the police He was as anxious as I was to get them apprehended. I was willing to do anything to prevent someone else having to go through what I had been through. The police were insensitive, contemptuous, and somehow managed to make me the guilty party. When they asked me what had happened,I told them quite directly, and they were scandalized that I was not a shy, blushing victim. When they said there would be publicity, I said that was all right. It had honestly never occurred to me that Rashid or I could be blamed. When they said Iwould have to go into a home for juvenile delinquents for my “protection.” I was willing to live with pimps and rapists, in order to be able to bring my attackers to justice.” [“I Fought For My Life…And Won” – Sohaila Abdulali]
Sunita Krishnan, another rape survivor also said,
“The rape per se was not so much of an issue for me. Sunita talks about her own experience of rape.”I don’t know, for some reason I was never traumatized by that, the fact that I was raped. But what happened after that made me think [about] the way my family treated me, the way the world treated me, the way people around me treated me. The sense that thousands and millions of children and young people are being sexually violated and that there’s this huge silence about it around me angers me. This huge normalization of that angers me”. [http://heartbeatsandruns.blogspot.in/2011/01/changing-lives.html]
One woman in an anti rape protest said she felt only those rapists who kill or cause the death of the victim should be hanged.