For a long time I am following the courageous advocacy of women’s rights activist Rita Banerji [Calcutta] for a change in the situation of women in India. Again and again I am reminded to them too, when a rape falls into the world media – or a startling photo.
Glenn Losack MD “a psychiatrist’s view of the world” – he comments his photo: “Rape in India is one of India’s most common crimes against women. Marital rape that occurs when spouses are living together can only be dealt under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 which only provides civil remedies to victims (it is a form of non-criminal domestic violence). Marital rape is not a criminal offense, except when spouses are separated. Rape cases in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008. Penile and non-penile penetration in bodily orifices of a woman by a man, without the consent of the woman, constitutes the offense of rape under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013. Sexual violence within marriage is common, with 20% of men admitting to forcing their wives or partners to have sex, in a survey by the Centre of Research on Women, US, and Instituto Promundon in Brazil. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 24,206 rape cases were registered in India in 2011. A new case is reported every 20 minutes…
photo by Glenn Losack, kindly sent to my group BLOG IT!, click on the picture to enter his galleries on Flickr.com