Shameful coverage of rape case

Regarding The Observer feature published March 30 in The Japan Times under the headline ” ‘If girls look sexy, boys will rape’: Do Indian men believe this?“: It is a case of shame for the British that, even after exploiting India for 200 years by creating man-made famines, killing ruthlessly and destroying any uprising against its evil rule, they have engaged in a massive propaganda campaign against India for the past 60 years.

The coverage of the December rape and murder of a medical student in New Delhi demonstrates that British media are trying to prove that the culture and religion of India, coupled with complete indifference by police, judicial and civil authorities, have led to unchecked sexual assaults against women.

At the same time, British media ignore the defects in its own society. In the United Kingdom, according to the British Crime Survey, approximately 80,000 women are raped a year. Approximately one in 10 of these rapes is reported. There is a conviction rate of only 6.5 percent.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that in India just over a quarter of alleged rapists are convicted; in the United States, though, only 24 percent of alleged rapes result in an arrest, never mind a conviction.

According to The New York Times, almost one in five women has been raped in her lifetime and that 188,380 Americans were victims of sexual violence in 2010-11. In a study of “sexually coercive college males” titled “Acquaintance Rape: The Hidden Crime” (edited by Andrea Parrot), 43 percent of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman’s protest, using physical aggression and forcing intercourse.

British media so far have published at least 30 articles on the rape and murder in New Delhi.

Yet, in Britain, two women a week die at the hands of partners, many more are abused and tortured, but the events are hardly reported on, let alone protested against. Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service dismisses innumerable rape cases after citing insufficient evidence. Judges sometimes throw out rape charges that could damage the careers of British soldiers.

British media conveniently ignore rape statistics in other countries to prove British racial superiority. Their coverage of the New Delhi case has turned into smug, self-righteous India bashing. The fact that Indian men and women came out in the thousands to protest against that crime is what defines the spirit of the country, which the British do not want to acknowledge.

dipak basu

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

  • blondin_tokyo

    Funny. I have been to London twice, and stayed for two weeks each time I was there. I’ve also been to the US twice, spending around two weeks there as well, and I wasn’t molested or bothered once while in either country. By contrast, I have been to India three times, averaging three weeks per stay, and while I am there I have to be on the lookout. When walking down the street, I am constantly verbally and physically harassed by men. In Delhi particularly men would purposefully cross the street when they saw me coming, just so they could walk past me and have the opportunity to bump into me, rub against me, or even reach out to touch me. I had to keep my arms crossed over my breasts or else they’d do this little trick where they “accidentally” brushed their arm across my breasts. In Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, a man walked right up to me and GRABBED my breast. I have never, ever had that happen while simply walking down the street in any other country I’ve been to, and I have traveled extensively. Mr. Basu, sir- if anything, you are reinforcing my belief that Indian men are utterly insensitive to how women in your country are treated.

  • Kavita Krishnan

    As one of those leading protests in India against rape, I too have been
    amazed at the questions asked by some reporters from the ‘advanced’
    countries – clearly (and self righteously) assuming that sexism and
    misogyny and sexual violence are somehow ‘Indian’ and dont happen back
    home! I have had to point out that the Slutwalk protests started in
    Canada – a rape culture of victim-blaming/shaming and
    trivialising/justifying sexual violence is clearly not unique to India.
    This is not in any way to say that violence and sexism are not huge
    problems in India – of course they are, that’s why we’re fighting. But
    they’re huge problems everywhere! There are activist groups in the UK
    that are consciously combating such racist and patronising views, and
    are instead saying that movements against sexual violence and gender
    discrimination worldwide should stand in solidarity with each other, and
    learn from the movement in India. Read about one such meeting here
    where one participant said, “This is not just our attempt to show
    solidarity with women’s movement in India but also to stress that sexual
    violence is not something alien that is happening ‘out there’. We must
    not allow violence against women in the UK to become invisible.”
    Kavita Krishnan

    • Simran

      While agree about the hypocrisy of the west, like the writer blond in Tokyo above has mentioned, the sexual molestation in India esp. Delhi is unbelievable. I’ve lived in the US for 9 years and 4 years in Delhi and during my time in Delhi, I’ve ALWAYS had someone grab my boob or rub against me or bump into me while in Delhi on the bus or while in a crowded bus stop and NEVER not even once in the US. I wasn’t even wearing western clothes but your pure as white snow Indian chaste clothing too. Men touching women even a friendly rub on the back is seen as no no in the US and people generally keep their space. Not that men don’t want to try, but since discipline here is more than the general “she asked for it so we forgive you” and more along the lines of losing your job, men usually don’t risk it.