Justice Imprisoned — Chapter 3

The Hell in Fury — Part 2

Crimes against women

The level of violence in society depends on several factors but three of them are extremely crucial: Fear of God; Fear of Law; and Fear of Society. If these three disappear in the minds of individuals, the level of violence will surely increase. Out of the three, it is perhaps the fear of law that counts most. If the fear of God had been enough, religious laws would not have prescribed punishments for violence. But the fact that all legal systems including religious laws prescribe punishments clearly indicates the importance of the fear of law. The modern systems have sought to demolish the fear of God altogether, have caused a massive diminution in the fear of law and have made many crimes acceptable in society. The results are for all to see. Despite colossal legal machineries with huge money involved, the current model of Western judicial system has proved to be an abysmal failure in acting as a deterrent for crimes.

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Let us now examine the case of violence against women. This is specifically important because the modern ideologies boast of substantially raising the status of women in society.

Rapes

The combined effect of the commercialisation of sex, the social culture it spawned and the legal framework that its proponents propelled was an overwhelming increase in all kinds of violence. Rapes, murders, abuses and the other forms of domestic violence have reached a level at which society loses its claim of being civilised. The conditions that prevail in a typical Western society, or any society that follows Western legal system or tries to imitate its social norms, are good enough for rapes to abound. The empowerment of women sans security has made them easy targets. They are no longer confined to the safe environs of family for most of the time. They usually get out of out of their houses early in the day and do not come back till the night has settled in. They are normally not accompanied by any that would guard them. Often, they are travelling or walking in lonely areas away from the public gaze. They happen to be in situations and places where their screams for help have little chances to be heard. Their appearance hardly helps them. While several factors contribute to the rise in the incidence of rapes, two are the chief culprits. The first and more important is the laxity of law, in word as well as in practice. The second is the provocative images in the media, including soft and hard porn, nude pictures and highly provocative write-ups. It can be argued that rape is more “violence manifested in sex rather than sex manifested in violence”. However, whichever the case, the truth is that the above two factors remain the ultimate culprits. It may be right that it is the desire to overpower a person rather than have sex is responsible for rapes. But these could never have culminated into sexual assaults, except in a small number of cases, if the atmosphere had not been so terrifically charged with sex and the law not been so terribly impotent, as they have become.

According to Justice Department, in the US, one in two rape victims are under 18, and one in six under 12. This means that more than two third of victims are those that have not attained the official age of adulthood. The same is true of most of the countries having modern legal and social systems. Cases are often reported in the media where the victims of rape are children less than 6. How rape is demolishing the whole myth of women’s “freedom” and “empowerment” can be gauged from the statistics that look horrible in the very first sight. Every eleventh woman in the US and every fourth in South Africa have been raped, and attempt to rape has been made on every fourth woman in the US and every second in South Africa. Conditions in most of the European countries are no better. What is disturbing is that only 6% cases are punished. This demonstrates the lack of confidence in law-enforcing agencies as well as the inability of women to report on account of the fact that a substantial majority of the assailants are their relatives.

Let us first study some of the major statistics about the incidence of rape. The following is the list of top nations in terms of total number of rapes committed in a year:

1. United States 89,110 (1999)

2. South Africa 53,008 (2000)

3. Canada 24,049 (2000)

4. Australia 15,630 (2000)

5. India 15,468 (1999)

6. Mexico 13,061 (2000)

7. United Kingdom 8,593 (2000)

8. France 8,458 (2000)

9. Germany 7,499 (2000)

10. Russia 6,978 (2000)

11. Korea, South 6,139 (2000)

12. Spain 5,664 (2000)

13. Zimbabwe 5,567 (2000)

14. Thailand 4,020 (2000)

15. Venezuela 2,931 (2000)

16. Poland 2,399 (2000)

17. Italy 2,336 (2000)

18. Japan 2,260 (2000)

19. Colombia 1861 (2000)

20. Netherlands 1648 (2000)

21. Indonesia 1372 (2000)

22. Jamaica 1304 (2000)

23. Papua New Guinea 1295 (2000)

24. Turkey 1260 (2000)

25. Chile 1250 (2000)

26. Malaysia 1210 (2000)

27. Sri Lanka 1202 (2000)

28. Ukraine 1151 (2000)

29. Romania 1110 (2000)

30. New Zealand 861 (2000)

31. Bulgaria 593 (2000)

32. Hungary 589 (2000)

33. Finland 579 (2000)

34. Norway 555 (2000)

35. Belarus 530 (2000)

36. Czech Republic 500 (2000)

37. Denmark 497 (2000)

38. Costa Rica 475 (1999)

39. Switzerland 404 (2000)

40. Portugal 385 (2000)

41. Tunisia 334 (2000)

42. Kyrgyzstan 321 (2000)

43. Zambia 300 (2000)

44. Ireland 218 (1999)

45. Moldova 200 (2000)

46. Lithuania 183 (2000)

47. Uruguay 175 (2000)

48. Slovakia 129 (2000)

49. Greece 114 (2000)

50. Latvia 104 (2000)

Total 295,879

Source: Seventh United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems, covering the period 1998–2000 (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention)

Latest available data in terms of rapes per 1000 people

Rank — Countries — Amount

1. South Africa: 1.19538 per 1,000 people

2. Seychelles: 0.788294 per 1,000 people

3. Australia: 0.777999 per 1,000 people

4. Montserrat: 0.749384 per 1,000 people

5. Canada: 0.733089 per 1,000 people

6. Jamaica: 0.476608 per 1,000 people

7. Zimbabwe: 0.457775 per 1,000 people

8. Dominica: 0.34768 per 1,000 people

9. United States: 0.301318 per 1,000 people

10. Iceland: 0.246009 per 1,000 people

11. Papua New Guinea 0.233544 per 1,000 people

12. New Zealand: 0.213383 per 1,000 people

13. United Kingdom: 0.142172 per 1,000 people

14. Spain: 0.140403 per 1,000 people

15. France: 0.139442 per 1,000 people

16. Korea, South: 0.12621 per 1,000 people

17. Mexico: 0.122981 per 1,000 people

18. Norway: 0.120836 per 1,000 people

19. Costa Rica: 0.118277 per 1,000 people

20. Venezuela: 0.115507 per 1,000 people

21. Finland: 0.110856 per 1,000 people

22. Netherlands: 0.100445 per 1,000 people

23. Denmark: 0.0914948 per 1,000 people

24. Germany: 0.0909731 per 1,000 people

25. Bulgaria: 0.0795973 per 1,000 people

26. Chile: 0.0782179 per 1,000 people

27. Thailand: 0.0626305 per 1,000 people

28. Kyrgyzstan: 0.0623785 per 1,000 people

29. Poland: 0.062218 per 1,000 people

30. Sri Lanka: 0.0599053 per 1,000 people

31. Hungary: 0.0588588 per 1,000 people

32. Estonia: 0.0547637 per 1,000 people

33. Ireland: 0.0542829 per 1,000 people

34. Switzerland: 0.0539458 per 1,000 people

35. Belarus: 0.0514563 per 1,000 people

36. Uruguay: 0.0512295 per 1,000 people

37. Lithuania: 0.0508757 per 1,000 people

38. Malaysia: 0.0505156 per 1,000 people

39. Romania: 0.0497089 per 1,000 people

40. Czech Republic: 0.0488234 per 1,000 people

41. Russia: 0.0486543 per 1,000 people

42. Latvia: 0.0454148 per 1,000 people

43. Moldova: . 0448934 per 1,000 people

44. Colombia: 0.0433254 per 1,000 people

45. Slovenia: 0.0427648 per 1,000 people

46. Italy: 0.0402045 per 1,000 people

47. Portugal: 0.0364376 per 1,000 people

48. Tunisia: 0.0331514 per 1,000 people

49. Zambia: 0.0266383 per 1,000 people

50. Ukraine: 0.0244909 per 1,000 people

51. Slovakia: 0.0237525 per 1,000 people

52. Mauritius: 0.0219334 per 1,000 people

53. Turkey: 0.0180876 per 1,000 people

54. Japan: 0.017737 per 1,000 people

55. Hong Kong: 0.0150746 per 1,000 people

56. India: 0.0143187 per 1,000 people

57. Qatar: 0.0139042 per 1,000 people

58. Macedonia, 0.0132029 per 1,000 people

59. Greece: 0.0106862 per 1,000 people

60. Georgia: 0.0100492 per 1,000 people

61. Armenia: 0.00938652 per 1,000 people

62. Indonesia 0.00567003 per 1,000 people

63. Yemen: 0.0038597 per 1,000 people

64. Azerbaijan: 0.00379171 per 1,000 people

65. Saudi Arabia: 0.00329321 per 1,000 people

Weighted average: 0.1 per 1,000 people

SOURCE: Seventh United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems, covering the period 1998–2000 (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention)

What a great statistics again for the “champions of women’s rights”! Out of the top 50 nations in terms of the incidence of rape, the US, South Africa, France, Germany and Australia feature among the top 10. Out of about three hundred thousand incidences of rapes committed in top 50 countries, which is more than 95% of all the rapes committed all over the world, more than 210 thousand are committed in the “most advanced”, “peace loving” and “women-loving” nations of the world. Out of these, about 90,000 women are raped in the US alone. According to Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) Statistics website, there were 247,730 victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault in the United States in 2002. Approximately 87,000 of these were victims of completed rape. It is estimated that only 39% of cases are reported. If these are taken into account, only 6% of the perpetrators of rape get any kind of punishment. This means that only one of 16 rapists will ever spend a day in jail.

There are people who argue that the incidence of rapes looks less in Muslim countries because they are not reported and because, in Muslim countries, forced sex by husbands is not considered rape. While there may be some truth in it, these cannot account for the extraordinary difference between the rates of rapes in Western and Muslim countries. In Muslim countries too, rates of rapes are higher in countries where Western legal systems are being followed. The truth is also that not only in Muslim countries but also in Western countries, an overwhelming majority of the cases are not reported. This demonstrates, apart from other compelling reasons, total lack of faith in the minds of the victims in the ability of the system to nab and punish the culprits to their satisfaction. Data have established that not more than 6% of rape cases lead to the conviction. According to Home Office (UK) Study of Rape, over two thirds of cases dropped out during the police investigation. Half of the cases that were “crimed” by police resulted in no further action. According to the same report, in a small minority (12%) of “stranger rape” cases where the suspect was identified, the case was more likely to proceed to court than in those cases where the culprit and suspect were previously acquainted. And if at all a case reported reaches the stage of conviction, what is the punishment for him? Hardly a few years’ imprisonment! When millions of women are raped or sexually assaulted every year all over the world and hardly a few thousands are punished, only hundreds severely, the disincentive for a rapist is hardly enough to strangle the incentive he sees in it.

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics (US Department of Justice, 1994), in slightly less than one third of rapes, the offender uses a weapon. In a little less than half the cases, the victim sustained injuries other than injuries to sexual organs caused by the rape. The effect of violence is usually harsh enough to require medical attention in more than three fourth of cases. Unfortunately, for a number of victims, medical attention reaches them when they do no longer need them; their soul has already relinquished their bodies.

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