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Why #Rape is a #Political Perk in India!

July 21, 2013

shobhaa De by Shobhaa De

Sexual exploitation in some form of the other has been an inextricable part of [India’s] political [arena] for the longest time. It’s just another component of the power games politicians play — no shame, zero apologies.

We [the public] accept [this] sexual exploitation as a part and parcel of our complex and convoluted feudal social system. It is considered pretty “normal”.  Nobody talks about it openly. Nobody wants to. It’s a given. Politicians have their perks. And those perks include sexual slaves. Period.

The horrific [Delhi bus] gang rape case is all but buried.  Give it a few more months and it will be totally forgotten.  Which is why the current outrage won’t last beyond this weekend. Which is also why the political class can afford to be this complacent. Worse stories have appeared and disappeared.

Where is [this or] that bizarre case going? Who is tracking it? In India, we have become a bit too cynical to bother about the kinky, disgusting sex lives of perverted old politicians. And we are too lazy to see the bigger picture or observe a sinister pattern.

For all our moral huffing and puffing, for all our public posturing and big talk about being a peace loving people, the ghastly truth is that we are nauseatingly, gut churningly violent as a nation.

Shobhaa De is a writer and columnist. She blogs at The above is an excerpt from a recent article by her in The Asian Age.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2013 12:15 am

    To love India and the people I´ve met in India, becomes more and more difficult the more I follow this horrific calendar about abuse towrds women AND the not working reaktions to it!

    • July 24, 2013 11:21 am

      Dear Elsa, Our interactions with individuals from India may define our personal feelings and relations. But ours is a political and human rights platform. The intention is not to make people “hate” India, but to wake the world up to the fact that there is a horrible human rights violation going on with this female genocide, and the government and international organizations must respond to it the same way would to systemic human rights violation of any group in any country.

  2. July 22, 2013 11:58 pm

    I agree, but I think the same campaign should be done on arabian countries, like Dubai; see the case Marta

  3. Debnandini permalink
    July 23, 2013 11:04 am

    Its true that we are violent. Also, I think the unprofessional and “oiling” work culture of india is what is mainly responsible for letting people in power get away with such things. The other culprit is our idea of traditions and culture. .Those ideas are often more important than people themselves. what probably makes people most violent is, fighting for or to safeguard a nameless faceless idea that is pedestalised (for example..tradition).

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