There’s this discussion on Indiblogger that has me thinking, constantly, about rape, rapists, and punishment for juvenile rapists.
I started reading up on rape psychology around the time the Nirbhaya incident took place. There are, apparently, several different types of rapists. And to be honest, I’ve only listed five, but there may be more.
- The desperate ones; people who cannot get sex otherwise
- The perverts; people who are more sexually aroused from rape than from consensual sex
- The psychopaths; people who are brazen and have poor behavioral restraint
- The bullies; people who seek power through aggression and turn to rape because they can
- The competitive ones; mostly men who rape their partners when they suspect that their partner is cheating on them
When a woman is being raped, she doesn’t care if the man (or men) on top of her, with his nails clawing into her butt and teeth digging into her breasts is Type 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or a juvie.
She doesn’t care. All she wants is for it to be over, knowing that this is just the beginning of her misery.
The stares. The questions. The finger pointing.
This girl? Why would someone rape her? She’s not even that pretty!
Who asked her to prance around half naked in the middle of the night?
What was she doing with that boy so late anyway!
Wasn’t he her ex-boyfriend? They must’ve done it so many times before.
Oh, she must be trying to frame the poor guy.
The poor guy had his whole life ahead of him. He should just’ve waited to get married. He would’ve turned 18 in just a few months. He could’ve had as much sex as he wanted then!
What if, forgive me for asking, it had been YOU instead of a six year old that day?
And I’m not saying your mother/daughter/sister because let’s face it, some men have raped their mothers/daughters/sisters.
I’m saying YOU.
What if YOU were raped and tortured the way Nirbhaya was that night? Would you still be asking these questions and pointing fingers?
What would you want to do with the juvie who was cheering the others, stroking his penis as he waited for his turn, eyes gleaming, thinking of all the things he would do to you when he finally got his time with you?
Congratulations, my friend. You just arrived at the only answer to the question: should a juvie be tried as an adult in rape cases?
And to those who say that this law will probably be misused, such as this gentleman here who raises some fairly valid concerns, I will say this:
I was raped at age seven by a fifteen year old, and I sure as hell didn’t try to frame him. And if you’re afraid some women will take advantage of the situation if such a law were to be passed, think of it as collateral damage.
It’s a really small price to pay when you think of the greater good.
What do you think?