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Mon Mar 02 07:01:43 CAT 2015

Rape rooted in a society's attitudes towards women: iLIVE

Farouk Araie, Johannesburg | 07 January, 2013 00:15
Women carrying placards enter Raj Ghat to attend a prayer ceremony for a rape victim after a rally organized by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (unseen) protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi January 2, 2013. The ashes of the Indian student who died after being gang-raped were scattered in the Ganges river on Tuesday as reports of more attacks stoked a growing national debate on violence against women.

The people of India are rightfully angry about rape in Asia. Rape is a Draconian incident for everyone. It is more heinous than murder. Murder destroys the physical body of the person, but rape disturbs the woman emotionally and psychologically, and haunts her forever.

Rape is not sex or a crime of passion: it is an expression of violence, anger, and power meant to humiliate the victim. It violates the most basic right of a person; that is, the right over one's body.

Rape has its roots in, and is perpetuated by, society's attitude and perception of women. Women are often perceived as insignificant and treated as sex objects.

With this type of thinking entrenched in society, rape will continue and will be perceived as excusable or even acceptable. In terms of International Law and International Criminal Court rulings, it is a crime against humanity.


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