The recent “Park street case” in Kolkata where a woman alleged that she was raped in a car in which she had initially been offered lift outside a night club clearly and repeatedly establishes a well-known notion: If a woman is raped, she is the one to blame.
A 37-year-old, divorced and mother of two, the woman’s profile is a sketch of all that falls outside the realm of society’s expectation of what is titled “good womanly behaviour”. She was at a club (OMG!) till 1 am (shocking!), drinking (Of course, only men are allowed to drown their sorrows in crystal glasses while women are to stay content eating ice-cream out of a box) and also had chatted up the three alleged rapists (Yes, she was totally asking for it!) before the incident took place.
But her nasty ordeal was yet to begin. It took her four days to muster up enough courage to approach the police, who instead of registering the complaint, ridiculed her. And to have that happen in a state which is run by a woman chief minister, is just shameful.
It clearly comes as no surprise why we hesitate to file complaints.We suffer when we don’t complain, we suffer more if we do as we are repeatedly asked to produce character certificates before our woes are heard.
Today, I bow my head in respect to this woman who is fighting to gain justice and who refuses to regard her ordeal as shameful. Her willingness along with the media’s persistence in following her case up have immensely helped in pressurising the police.
Imagine if a similar incident had happened, miles away from a metro, in a remote village, far from media attention, with a victim who was made to believe that she had asked for it.
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