So, what do Dev and Muthalik have in common, apart from the trust shown in them by those we have voted to represent us?
Please note, for many Indians beating a woman (just like any other crime against women) is permitted if the assailants are suitably provoked.
पीटा ही था, रेप तो नहीं कियाः प्रमोद मुत्तालिक ( I had just assaulted/beaten them, atleast I did not rape them: Pramod Muthalik)
Dev the actor-turned-politician.
“You either shout or enjoy rape, says Trinamool’s glamour candidate”
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Talking to Bengali tabloid Ebela, the actor-turned-politician said: “Eighty to ninety per cent of the media is now focussing on Ghatal. The news that Dev is contesting from Ghatal has become a hot topic. It is nice that a place like Ghatal has also become popular.”
Is he enjoying the moment? To this, Dev said he is feeling as if he is being raped. “You either enjoy or you shout,” the interview quoted him as saying.
So what do they have in common?
1. Neither of them seems to see rape as a serious criminal sexual assault.
2. They don’t seem to have any concept of consent in a sexual activity.
3. They probably assume that women’s consent is not relevant hence it is possible (thinks Dev) for someone being sexually assaulted to enjoy the assault.
4. Muthalik actually doesn’t think women should participate in consensual sexual activity at all, unless other people approve of the activity (in which case, again, their consent has no value, because their family elders have consented on their behalf).
Why are they so ignorant about something that they seem to talk so easily about?
I suspect one reason is that there is no talk of women’s consent in any activity – their careers, pregnancies, marriages, sex lives; and also because even today, many don’t see anything wrong with the fact that marital rape is not a crime, but consensual sexual activity between two consenting teenagers is a crime in this country. It can confuse someone who has never given it much thought.
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But here is something positive, a small but powerful step.
… strongly reprimanded JJ Hospital for conducting the “unscientific archaic two-finger test” during the survivor’s medical examination.
Principal judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi said, “The Maharashtra government had come out with new guidelines and protocols on May 10 last year. These new guidelines and protocols have done away with unscientific and heavily criticized two-finger tests. The need is for the proper implementation of these guidelines.
“Medical procedures should not be carried out in a manner that constitutes cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and health should be of paramount consideration while dealing with gender-based violence. Undoubtedly, the two-finger test and its interpretation violate the right of rape survivors to privacy, physical and mental integrity and dignity.”
The court also criticized the manner in which the test identification parade (TIP) of the convicts was conducted. “Asking the rape victim to identify the suspect face to face by pointing a finger at him totally overlooks the mental trauma of the victim. One can imagine the situation where the victim is brought face to face with the rapist to identify him, that too within a few days of having faced tremendous trauma in a brutal incident,” the judge said. She further pointed out that it was necessary to conduct the TIP by video link to avoid the woman’s trauma. ”
More about Muthalik,
This is not Democracy but Gundagiri – Muthalik