Angry civilians poured onto the streets of India for the next couple of days to demand stronger actions against rapists. The poor girl died of her injuries two weeks later. The six men who committed the atrocity have been charged with murder. But is that enough to prevent similar tragedy from happening in the future?
|The Rape of the Sabine Women. Image: en.wikipedia.org|
And rape is still prevalent even to this day. The only difference being that the victim now includes men as well. Iraqi prisoners of war were allegedly raped as a way to feminize and humiliate them. Men in prison were constantly raped by fellow prisoners. A Russian immigrant who joined the U.S. army was gang-raped by fellow comrades who
"were showing him who was in charge of the United States. When he reported the attack to unit commanders, he says they told him, 'It must have been your fault. You must have provoked them.'"
A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that when rape was defined as oral or anal penetration, one in 71 American men said they had been raped or had been the target of attempted rape, usually by a man they knew.
The problem with rape is that it is essentially an instinct. If we apply our concept of rape in the natural world, then dolphins rape. And chimpanzees. And ducks. For the animals, it's the reproduction instinct that's compelling them into rape. Male water striders threaten females with calls to lure in predators if she doesn't submit. Male bed bugs stab females in the belly using their dagger-sharp penis and leave it there. Those are non-consensual, traumatic sex all right. And human rapists often blame their act of violence on uncontrollable temptation, or reproduction instinct.
We are humans. The ability to defy instinct and act ethically is what defines us as the smartest creature on the planet. So we should fare better than animals. If you can't control your urge to rape, then you are no better than chimps, dolphins, or water striders. Or even ducks.
|Anti Rape Campaign. Image: thedisorderofthings.com|