The modernisation of the society may have led us to a perception of better and understanding future, culture, and conceptuality to practice certain preferred beliefs over time but that hasn’t ever conveyed that we’ve yet been over the inappropriate usage of sexual and vulgar slangs, inappropriately encountered sexual acts, obscene and perversive behaviour displayed by each respective gender at various times and this has certainly raised the concern for growing rape statistics around the entire globe.

The immersion of extreme modernisation of culture in almost every country, city, town, block, locality, and individual today has been the root cause to this worldwide seemingly eternal issue. Rape is not just a crime anymore. Along with invasion of privacy and consent for sexual intercourse, it is the paramount exploitation of one’s right to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, societal status, and grandeur. Rape is the most immoral, offensive, and impure category of assaults to ever exist.

Rape is not confined to a particular country, gender, sect, caste, creed, colour, age, religion, or belief. Rape victims as well as the guilty or the rapists can belong to any and do belong to all of these divisions. Most of the time, the prey are women, but it can also be a man in several rare circumstances. Rape has nearly been normalised in the 21st century in most of the urban countries.

Rape Assaults in India (2019)

When conversed over India, rape has been expanding with a non-uniform rate throughout the country according 2005-2020 stats. Indian civilization has experienced an increment in rape rate since the last decade.  

Being the 4th most criminal act in India, rape, according to the report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 2019, had 32033 inscribed cases, accounting to the average of 88 cases daily. This was significantly lesser than 2018 rape stats that were estimated around 91 average cases daily. The 2019 rape stats report by NCRB also recorded the rape in which predators were known to the victims was 30165 out of the total, falling to (94.2% of the entire cases of 2019 report). The section of victims that was deciphered to be minors (18 or below) accounted for nearly 15.4% of the stats.

Inclusive of forceful, non-consensual, sexual assaults and intercourse, rape in India with consensual terms but under falsification of marriage promises is also ethically considered rape and punishable under law and rape charges.

Indian Penal Code for Rape (2013)

With the massive leading protests and media coverage nationwide about rapes of several minors and those of the most dreaded cases, the IPC reformation took heed. Assertion of section 375 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), 2013 states that:

A man is said to commit “rape” who, except case hereinafter excepted, has sexual intercourse with a woman in circumstances falling under any of the six following descriptions:

First. –– Against her will.

Second. –– Without her consent.

Third. –– With her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in whom she is interested, in fear of death or of hurt.

Fourth. –– With her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband, and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married.

Fifth. –– With her consent, when, at the time of giving such consent, by reason of unsoundness of mind or intoxication or the administration by him personally or through another of any stupefying or unwholesome substance, she is unable to understand the nature and consequences of that to which she gives consent.

Sixth. – With or without her consent when she is under sixteen years of age.

 

Explanation. – Penetration is sufficient to constitute the sexual intercourse necessary to the offence of rape.

Exception – Sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.


Below are Some of the Heinous cases of Brutal Rape Encounters in India

  • A five-year-old girl, gangraped by two minor boys in Siwan village. The two boys were juveniles aged around 10-11 years.
  • A 10-year-old girl allegedly gangraped by a group of 8 boys, 7 out of which fall under the ages of 10-15, in Haryana’s Rewari region.
  • A 20-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and thrashed by three men in Vadodara, Gujarat on Sunday, 25th July 2021.
  • A minor girl, 16-year-old, gave birth to a baby boy on the 31st of October, Sunday after being raped by cousin 9 months earlier in Porbandar at her aunt’s residence. The victim chose silence and not report the case earlier.

Research estimates determined claim that many uprooted causes for an average person to fall victim to rapes is because of urge to affirm dominance and right over the prey by the perpetrators. Rapes per capita in India are yet much noticeably less as compared outer western and foreign regions; Botswana, South Africa, United States, Belgium, Panama, Grenada, Nicaragua, Australia, and the list goes on relentlessly according to the year 2021.  

As cleared, rape is a global issue. Rape attempts, sexual assaults, non-consensual sexual intercourse, online sexual violence such as cyber flashing, cyber threats for sexual demands, and itself rape conform the grounds of rape globally.

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