Rape is one of the commonest crimes against women in India, with many cases happening inter-maritally. When spouses are living together, “marital rape” can only be death with in a civil court, effectively ensuring that rape in these cases is criminally legal.
Between 1990 and 2008, cases of reported rape had doubled and whilst India sees sex with anyone without their consent as rape, including anyone under the age of 18, the law is rarely enforced, making India and popular destination for child sex tourism.
Up to 20% of Indian men questioned have admitted to forcing their wives or partners to have sex and a news report from the BBC in 1999 found that the “close knit family life in India masks an alarming amount of sexual abuse of children and teenage girls by family members.
Whilst these cases of brutal gang rape are tragic to hear and read when they are reported in media, the biggest tragedy is that vast amounts of women and children are being raped every day in India and these cases are not being reported. As discussed in the post another woman gang raped in India, the education of young males and females in India should be absolutely thorough in its condemnation of sexual violence and the government should start hitting the police forces hard to ensure that they act upon cases of rape in a swift and full manner.
For those who are looking for some numbers about how many women are raped in a india in a day or any other time frame: India Today reports that a woman is raped (and reports it) every 18 hours in Delhi, whilst also in the Capital a woman is molested every 14 hours. Jack Bicker writing for Fairplanet states that a woman is raped every 22 minutes in India.
Whilst there are no hard and fast numbers, it should be said that one rape is one to many where ever it has happened and we can only hope that all mothers and fathers can make this clear to their sons.