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Sep 09 2013

Horrifying Rape Case in India

Reading this story turned my stomach, at least metaphorically. Following the rape of a 6-year old girl by a 40-year old man in India, a caste council (or panchayat) has ordered the victim to be married to the 8-year old son of her rapist. I’m not entirely clear on how much authority such councils actually have.

The 40-year-old man, identified as Kailash, raped the girl who lives in his neighbourhood about a fortnight ago, police said.

“Kailash locked her in a room and raped her. Instead of registering a police complaint, elders belonging to the girl’s caste called a panchayat (village council) meeting,” a police official said.

The panchayat ordered the girl’s parents to get her married to Kailash’s minor son.

However, the girl’s parents as well as Kailash refused to accept the panchayat’s decision.

And even as negotiations were going on between the girls’ parents and the accused, Kailash again raped the girl on Wednesday, police said.

Sounds a lot like the Mosaic law in the Bible, which says that a man who rapes a woman who is not married must pay the woman’s father 50 pieces of silver and then he gets to marry the woman he raped. This is utter barbarism.

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    Ick.

    Look, do you want your justice fast or do you want it right?

  2. 2
    grumpyoldfart

    They didn’t call the police they called a council meeting instead. By the sound of the non-penalty the Indian criminals would prefer to be judged by a council meeting.

  3. 3
    Synfandel

    And my species embarrasses me yet again.

  4. 4
    uzza

    Meanwhile,
    8-year-old Yemeni girl dies from internal injuries on wedding night
    No red lines here …

  5. 5
    Abby Normal

    Gut wrenching story, but sadly only somewhat unusual due to the marriage aspect. A 2007 study by the Indian government found 53% of children in that country are sexually abused, 22% severely so. These abuses almost always go unreported. The country has approximately 440 million children. There were “only” about 7200 child rape cases last year. Surveys of the population found that 50% of adults in the country feel child abuse (that’s all abuse, not just sexual) is a family matter that should not involve the government. Only 17% of Indians were in favor of harsh punishments for child abusers.

    Since that report came out things have gradually started to change. But with a problem this big, this ingrained in the culture, it’s going to be with us for a long time.

  6. 6
    D. C. Sessions

    I could sort of see the “marry the rapist” thing as a survival adaptation in a society that was already marginal on having enough reproductive capacity to survive. Sort of.

    None of which has applied for a very, very long time. So even if there might once have been a necessity defence for treating women as little more than a womb with support equipment, it has long ago passed.

  7. 7
    janiceclanfield

    OK, that’s it. I call for war on homo sapiens.

  8. 8
    stever

    janiceclanfield: You might Google the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement.

  9. 9
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    To put it harshly, this is the application of “You Broke It, You Bought It” in the rape culture, where women are the property of their male relatives/partners. I hope sense will prevail for this child, but there are likely dozens more who’ll never make the papers. :/

  10. 10
    laurentweppe

    I could sort of see the “marry the rapist” thing as a survival adaptation in a society that was already marginal on having enough reproductive capacity to survive

    I suspect that it went more like this:

    Say: we can’t let some guy come, rape a girl and get away with it.

    Yeah, but if we punish him too harshly, his relatives and friends will come screaming for blood and may slaughter everyone who look at them funny.

    On the other hands, I just saw the girls parents, their bloodlust was so intense you could smell it.

    Alright then, you know what, let’s make it so that the rapist is at least harmed financially: I go tell his relatives and friends that paying is better than having a blood feud with the girl’s family, and you go tell her parents that it’s better to accept the money than to start a blood feud with the rapist’s mob, and maybe, just maybe, we won’t go instinct from a self-inflicted genocide.

  11. 11
    Ichthyic

    in the “could be worse” department…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/09/bride-aged-8-dies-internal-sexual-injuries-wedding-night-_n_3892892.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    *sigh*

    people are just fucked in the head.

  12. 12
    abear

    We don’t have to go all the way to India or Yemen to encounter rape culture.
    We have here a toxic subculture called atheist/feminists that are the best friends of rapists.
    First, they pretend to be supportive of victims to get their trust, then they tell them to not report crimes against them to the police. I’m sure the rapists appreciate that.

  13. 13
    uncephalized

    @abear WTF are you talking about?

  14. 14
    timgueguen

    Sounds like he’s talking about the Shermer mess. Of course no one has told Jane Doe not to report what happened to her to the cops. Or anyone else who has been raped. That’s something the person in question has to decide for themselves, and their decision shouldn’t be second guessed given the shitty way rape survivors often find themselves being treated when they report a rape. Not that I suspect abear gives a damn about people who have been raped.

  15. 15
    abear

    Way to get everything wrong timgueguen. Do I get to make a wild guess about your intentions?
    Are you trying to cover up for rapes you have committed?
    Attributing motives to people by pulling stuff out of your ass is really fun isn’t it?
    Just so you don’t make up any more crap about my intentions for posting what I did:
    A number of people that identify as feminists have gone as far as to discourage people from reporting rape to the police.I completely understand that many people have had bad experiences with the system and I wouldn’t condemn anyone for not reporting.
    However, encouraging people to not report is wrong.

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