Is India really a ‘Rape Epidemic’ or Is the Media lying to us?

A survey conducted by the Thomas Reuters Foundation has claimed that India is the world’s most dangerous country for women. The survey is based on the perceptions of around 500 self-proclaimed experts who believe that women are better off in war torn and/or totalitarian hell-holes like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and likes. However, nobody knows who are these experts and what their credentials are.

In this era of clickbait, misinformation and propaganda, any cock and bull story can pass of as genuine information. The mainstream media and leftists have bought into the false survey in question. For instance, one Roop Rekha Verma, a left-leaning college professor from Lucknow said, “I am not unhappy about this report and its findings – it is enough to make us sit up,” she said. “A better methodology, rooted in intensive data and empirical work, could have been used of course, but if more than 500 gender specialists view it like this, it has to be taken seriously.”

She probably doesn’t realise the incoherence of her argument. How on earth is this survey “enough to make us sit up,” when it doesn’t even use any empirical data whatsoever and relies solely on the “opinions” of anonymous “experts”? Opinions don’t matter, facts do. No opinion can be taken seriously unless it is backed by facts, regardless of the number of experts endorsing it.

Furthermore, Verma says, “These aren’t perceptions from people on the street – these are well-informed experts.” Ironically these arm-chair “experts” spend all their time in air-conditioned rooms and rarely venture out into the streets if ever. Regarding women’s safety, the perceptions of common people on the streets, who know what the real world is like, would be of more value than those of random arm-chair “experts” any day.

What do the Statistics say?

India is widely perceived as a country unsafe for women, thanks to selective outrage on certain rape cases and sensationalisation thereof, by the leftist media and feminists. But, what do the statistics have to say in this regard? Well, contrary to this widespread misconception, statistics show that India actually is one of the safest places for women.

Whenever deluded feminists claim that India is the rape capital of the world, they cite the total number of cases, which would obviously be high as India is a populous country. However, they don’t mention the per capita number of cases, because then their false claims fall flat as India has one of the lowest incidents of rapes per capita.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2015 annual report, 34,651 rape cases were reported across India. Moreover, there was a slight decrease in the number of reported cases compared with 36,735 cases in 2014. According to the 2015 data, the incidents of rape per 100,000 people in India is about 2.6, which is lower than most countries of the world. For instance, according to 2016 stats, USA has a per capita rape rate of 29.6 which is 11 times higher than India, while according to 2012 UNODOC stats Sweden has a rate of 66.5 cases which amongst the highest in the world. In a survey conducted in the neighbouring country of China, as much as a quarter of the men surveyed admitted to raping a woman.

However, when faced with the fact that India has one of the lowest rates of rapes in the world, feminists and leftists allege that most rape cases in India go unreported due to the stigma associated with the crime. But, far from this absurd claim, rape victims in India have no reason to conceal their ordeal. India has one of the strictest laws against rapes, and one of the highest conviction rates as well, which was 27% in 2013. While those of UK, Sweden and France were 7%, 10% and 25% respectively around the year 2013.

Rukmini Shrinivasan, a data journalist, analysed 460 rape cases brought to full trial in Delhi district courts in 2013. She made the following observations:-

1. As much as two-thirds of all cases were false. 38% of them involved consensual sex, criminalised by the parents of the girl and another 25% of them involved breach of promise to marry. There was often a typical filmy script that parents used to file cases with the police.

“I was repeatedly seeing stories of women being picked up in moving cars, being given a cold drink laced with sedatives which would render them unconscious, and then they would be raped,” Srinivasan said.

2. Media’s claims of stranger rape were overblown. It accounted for only 2.6% of all cases.

3. Only about a third of all cases were genuine. And, most these or about 25% involved rape by acquaintances.

Moreover, Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) revealed shocking statistics showing that 53.2% of the rape cases filed between April 2013 and July 2014 in Delhi were ‘false‘. The report says that between April 2013 and July 2014, of the 2,753 complaints of rape, only 1,287 cases were found to be true, and the remaining 1,464 cases were found to be false. More recently, 43% rape cases in Jaipur that were ‘solved‘ in 2016 were false, said the city police.

In the light of these facts, it is clear that rape is no more stigmatised in India. Rather, due to biased laws which give women an upper-hand, there is an increasing number of men who are stigmatised by false rape accusations.

But India’s image has been damaged beyond repair by the mainstream media which is controlled by Marxist-leftists, just like most other institutions in the country. The only way out is scrutinizing each and everything told by the media and exposing the lies spread by it.

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