Has media unwittingly made rapists realize the problems with laws in India?

@vandana7 (57182)
India
January 13, 2013 11:36am CST
There is an alarmingly high rate of rape reports after December 16, 2012. I wonder if these cases have surfaced with the hope that the government would do something about rape laws, or because rapists realize that whatever the ultimate punishment, it wont apply to them retrospectively. So they are enjoying while the sun shines. Media has repeatedly discussed the loopholes in our laws related to rape. That has possibly made more rapists realize that they can rape and get away with it. I am holding media responsible, even though I know it did a splendid job. I think such excessive propaganda should have been completely avoided. Your call...
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@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
14 Jan 13
The best reasoning I can come up with is (at least I am still hopeful) - The rapists have realized that sooner the laws would get more complicated and getting away after this heinous crime would become difficult in the days to come. So they are trying to have their time... And for the media? Of course, all they remember is 16th Dec and the mention of that Delhi Rape Case in anything which has the slightest of a connection... For the Propaganda? Why was this case so much hyped at the first place? Only because she was a medical college student? or because this happened in Delhi or because everyone wants to make a fortune of this! beyond my understanding yet.
@vandana7 (57182)
• India
14 Jan 13
You make me feel terrible for earning some monies on her name..:( But you are right... Actually, I am fine with the required attention it got. However, I wanted media to present it better. When Karan Thapar grills, he really grills. I wanted somebody like that to grill the law ministers, and grill the police inspectors. That way, we would be more clear as to where the things are going wrong, and take appropriate measures. I feel our media should also be responsible. Knowing so many loopholes, and highlighting them makes it easier for the bad elements to think...hey, we wont really get punished for this, otherwise all those guys who got away with rape would have been punished by this time. Instead, media should have come up with solutions ...and even the commission appointed for it should be discussing the pros and cons. Instead, the media was busy showing Sushma Swaraj, Jayalalitha, and who so ever inconsequential and incompetent ones it could.
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
14 Jan 13
Thankfully the Supreme Court and even the trying courts have said no media publication of this case of delhi and even Sony had to call off its episodes of Crime Patrol due to intervention. This somehow has lessened the media discussing the case and so to continue minting their moolah, they are now connecting (or at least citing the 16th dec case anywhere they can). The media did start on a good note by asking (and tryng to grill) the Politicos and we do know how miserable were there answers... those Bharat stuffs or even the Women incite or even the Babas statements... and media soon realized that the focus would shift to other things which they dont want... and maybe so they left those politicos (also, we all know what would happen to these journalists and media if they anger the politicos and other influential people). Thapar too is limited by the channels, the media and just so because he has to survive in India and earn here. So these guys too are not trustworthy as they would do just as told - this is out of my belief that he could not get enough to grill the Special ones who matter at the moment. The government should have started with banning the sale of liquor in the country as almost all these rapes, acid throwing, husband quarrelling with wife and many other crimes against women have been committed by people who were drunk beyond their capacities. When I as a common person who reads newspapers can say this without second thougts, the makers and politicos have enough people to help them find and identify these and many more reasons. At least, that would have shown that the Government is at least interested in experimenting to find the reasons and removing some of them. but the Government doesnt have the guts and their main concern seems to be - if they ban the sale of liquor, it would lead to a big financial crunch - and they would suffer the most.
@vandana7 (57182)
• India
15 Jan 13
I think acid throwing should entail forcing the acid throwing accused to throw some on his sister, wife, mother, father, and daughter. If none of them exist, then he has to experience it himself. If we come up with such inhuman punishments for inhuman behavior, then and then only will the society control and monitor bad behavior within the family. As to rapes...honestly I am at my wits end. Your suggestion of concentration camps exclusively designed for these people is good. It will help us to study the genetic make up and what needs to be administered to prevent such crimes. In fact, such concentration camp may be worthwhile in many cases because we do need to know exactly what triggers such behavior and as far as I know of human physiology most of it is chemicals related. So I am for that concentration camp...
@Sreekala (18782)
• India
14 Jan 13
I wonder whether it is an alarming high rate or we start to give more importance on that news. Yes, the report was in every day’s newspaper earlier too, but now we are more cautious and surprised, still people have the courage to do the same mistake even though the recent incident shaken the whole world.
@vandana7 (57182)
• India
14 Jan 13
Actually, I think that when the media points out that the girl in Kerala didnt get justice for the last 6 to 7 years, and is still knocking the doors, while those who raped her are out, it makes the rapist feel ..hey, here we can get away with it..It has become as simple as income tax evasion. But you might be right, we are now more aware of such things perhaps. But such news used to be just a two by three inches item somewhere, but now each such rape gets more space on the paper. Media should not have brought out old news and discussed how difficult it is for the girl to get justice. It gives prospective rapist a confidence I feel.
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@Sreekala (18782)
• India
14 Jan 13
I agree that Media is trying to highlight the news in front page these days. On the other hand, 2-3 girl’s story (In Kerala) got much attention by the media. Recently there was a debate in tv about the recent rape and about the required punishments. The debate was rich enough with the presence of Mohanlal (actor) Major Ravi, film director. Ok I am not saying anything about their opinion but I wish to say, in between this programme they showed the pathetic conditions of these raped girl's family. One's mother told that they are abandoned by the public, no relatives come or no one invite them to any function, she said, she is not even going to her own home. Father said, if he goes anywhere, the people are introducing him, this is the person, father of that girl (then explain the incident). My question is what is the mistake done by these parents, they are already in a sad situation on their daughter and how people can avoid them like AIDs patients. I think AIDs patients are getting better treatment than them. Ok the culprits may get wrong message like that, the same time, the authority can open their eyes, about their irresponsibility’s, and they should realize the justice delayed for those victims, this is the positive side of those reports by the media.
@vandana7 (57182)
• India
14 Jan 13
Yes...culprits are getting a wrong idea...when we have a program like that, we need to call intellectuals to debate the issue and arrive at a conclusion...the problem is everybody talks and talks and talks and talks...but in the end there are no conclusions that seem viable and that do not have any foreseeable loopholes. Why discuss the case of the family that is already suffering so much. Yes, AIDS patients at least get to hide their condition from most, but a raped girl, and her parents cannot hide their misery. And it is a misfortune...even the society should change...even with the kind of education in Kerala, people have not become broadminded enough to understand fellow human beings. What can we say of uneducated lot?
@GilMegans (241)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
Why solely blamed the Media people? Crime of rape can be happen at any point in time even without any influences coming from media. Such culprits (rapists) are merely out of control and can do recurrently such crimes even if high punishment will be imposed therein because that's precisely a kind of illness on their minds that triggered their emotions. They are those people who are hungry of flesh and they are fun watching a girl crying and bloody while they are doing immoral acts. The laws can diminished this crimes but it will not eradicated and Media has no sole responsibility on this issue. They are only airing news with respect to what is happening in the world for the purpose of informing the people on the current situations in the society and in the world as a whole.
@vandana7 (57182)
• India
14 Jan 13
I am not blaming the media people. I am asking whether the sudden increase in the number of rape reports in newspaper and on television channels is because a. The media is now focusing on it b. More people are now open to the idea of reporting it rather than taking it lying down c. Media is bringing up old and unresolved issues d. Rapists have realized that laws and law enforcement agencies cannot do a thing in this country because of several loopholes that have been discussed during the recent discussions, and that no new law will be retrospectively applicable, so they are all having a great time, while victims and their families are at wits end about how to stop such things, why victims, every woman is afraid in this country.
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
So therefore, what is your point here? If relative to your letters A,B,C & D, there's no such components take down connection with respect to the issue of massive and rampant rape cases in your country. Let me clarify these things, on your letter A. The media is focusing on it - because it was the top-most issue of heinous cases in your country today... Letter B. (answer)- it is openly disclosed to people for the total awareness of everybody pertaining to the incident transpired, why lying it down in fact it is the very alarming case? The people have the right to know on what happen in the society... Letter C. (answer) - media has nothing to do with the resolution of cases either it is old or new case. The media limits its role only to document and aired reports to public for the total awareness of the people. They have not even a single participation in resolving any cases transpired in the society...Letter D. (answer) - Loopholes are given in every laws that is why there is always a provision of the law. However, in terms of realization by the culprits there's nothing important to note even if they know it much. What is the problem if they know? how it will help them out of the crimes they're committed? It cannot definitely help even if they are really educated on the penalties by such crimes committed, that's irrelevant.
@rambansal (576)
• India
14 Jan 13
Media has played their role well in highlighting the legal loopholes and it has not provided any advantage to the culprits or biased minds of the judges. Unless we realize what is wrong we can't remedy. This way, we have taken the first step of realization for remedying the situation.
@vandana7 (57182)
• India
14 Jan 13
While judges and law makers are at their wits ends, how to plug those loopholes, the rapists and other people who wanted to rape are having fun blatantly.
• India
15 Jan 13
Yes indeed, the rapists are now sure of relaxed laws of India on their favorite pastime. Corruption in police administration works for them well.
@hora_fugit (5436)
• India
13 Jan 13
Somehow I feel rapists don't watch tv much, as tv is supposed to work as a birth control... nor do they bother to think much. My personal opinion. Saw a news flash today about a rapist on parole who raped and killed a little girl. Don't know how he got to know the loopholes, or why was he on parole...
@vandana7 (57182)
• India
14 Jan 13
I feel many do...watch TV I mean. Nowadays TV is there even in bars, and hotels. So they do eat, and watch. And when they realize that there is not much that the police can do, they must be chuckling. In an appaling case today, first the girl could not lodge the FIR, and then when higher authorities were approached, FIR was lodged, but the sub inspector took the girl for further proceedings, and raped her. Whom can a woman approach? If that is the status, women will just be silent on rape and endure. The frustration and annoyance would surface elsewhere I guess. And I strictly feel that any accused in rape should not be given bail.