Controlling crimes against women: What works, what doesn’t work.

What works:

1.Punishing the criminal.

Rapist who battered, looted victim gets 15 years in jail

The victim had lodged a complaint while being treated at the trauma centre in Civil Hospital and Jokhna was arrested in few days.
Prosecutor Darshan Shah examined nine witnesses and placed 20 documentary evidences on record for the court’s perusal. The victim identified Jokhna during the test identification parade and described the incident before the court as well.

2. Not blaming the victim (or survivor) directly or indirectly, hence ensuring they are not discouraged from reporting the crime.

Draft manual for docs bans word ‘rape’, two-finger test

In the first detailed manual for medical examination of rape victims, the Health Ministry has advised doctors…

i. not to identify a victim as “habituated to sexual intercourse” as this amounts to unlawful interference in her privacy and therefore a violation of her human rights.

ii. “Rape is not a medical diagnosis, it is legal definition. Hence word “rape” should not be used while forwarding opinion…

iii. The manual also forbids the use of the two-finger test on the same ground.

This is the first time the Department of Health Research has attempted to draw up a comprehensive manual for examination of victims of sexual crimes in consultation with experts and framed guidelines on what the conclusions should be for a given set of observations.

3. Letting the criminals know that they would be held responsible for their actions.

‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent in 2011

he emphasis of public education is not limited to how women can make themselves less vulnerable, he said. The campaign aims to reach men with the message that they should not be “that guy,” he said.

The reversal in the trend related to sexual assaults reflected the impact of the new education program, better training for police officers and more effective investigation and enforcement, he said.

All members of the police department were trained on investigative techniques for sexual assault cases. The seriousness of the crime was reinforced. Most minor sexual offences, such as sexual exposing, often lead to more serious crimes, such as sexual assaults, Deputy Chief Lepard said.

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4. Ensuring there is support and empowerment for those who are vulnerable.

Child bride flees in-laws to attend school. Finds support.

..her ‘determination to continue with her studies was rewarded with regular thrashings by her in-laws. However, she didn’t give up and came over to her parents’ house. But even they weren’t encouraging. So the 14-year-old fled home on Monday and was lucky to be rescued by police.’

The girl has been put under the care of the child welfare committee. CWC member Subhamoy Basu said, “We salute the courage of the girl. We took her into our custody and have kept her at a welfare home. Her wish to continue with her studies will be honoured…

We have already talked with a Gazole school where she will be enrolled.”

5. Media campaigns to educate; to reassure those whose rights are being denied, and warn those who are infringing upon these rights.

Videos by Mumbai Police, shared by Carvaka.

“Part of a women’s safety campaign by Mumbai police. Totally love these videos! Finally they’re asking the rapists and molesters to stop and not the telling the women to hide! I hope the police is receiving training on gender issues as well. Finally the right message going out.. not the usual rape culture non-sense. The Delhi police needs to learn something.”,AAAAEgOwNXk~,XF75431nFgYc_v3OL2HpcpiTx9XUQ2Rf&bctid=2222395568001

And what doesn’t work:


Rape investigations ‘undermined by belief that false accusations are rife’
A “misplaced belief” that false accusations of rape or domestic violence are commonplace may be undermining police and prosecutors’ efforts to investigate such crimes, the director of public prosecutions has warned.

2. Ignorance and Patriarchal mindsets combined with Misogyny.

Haryana panchayat ‘bans’ girls from dancing

“Our sisters and daughters are allowed and made to dance in the name of cultural activities in the schools. This is absolutely wrong and corrupting our youths,” reads the signed resolution handed over to three schools of the area.

The village sarpanch Raja Ram said that the villagers were upset over a recent incident in which some people were found drinking in a school function where schoolgirls took part in dance programmes. “By allowing girls to dance on the stage you are just promoting the so-called liberalism which corrupts society and causes crime to grow especially against women,” he said.


11 thoughts on “Controlling crimes against women: What works, what doesn’t work.

  1. Great post IHM! Nicely summarizes what works, what doesn’t.

    The first news item is heartening – “Rapist who battered, looted victim gets 15 years in jail.” Finally, a rapist is being punished in no uncertain terms. About time!
    The second news item offers hope – “Draft manual for docs bans word ‘rape’, two-finger test.”
    I hope it passes into law.

    Stop the girls from dancing? What’s next, stop singing? How about reading – that can corrupt the mind too. What’s with these Haryana Panchayats? It’s time the government stepped in – how can these Panchayats have such absolute power over the people? Who even voted for them? Why are they not subject to the laws of the constitution? If they are empowered by law to make these random decisions, it’s time to take active measures to change the laws to disempower them.


  2. Not everyone is your sister, or your daughter or your mother, Mr. Khap Panchayat. That doesn’t mean she is a human being capable and insistent on having her own life and living it on her own terms. Whether that be in dress, in conduct, in profession or in choosing her own partner.


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