RAPE FESTIVAL

Rape Festival

BY Anjali Vijay Kumar Barjatya

Rape is the fourth most common crime in India.Rape is a massive problem in India.Rape is a word for sexual assault, an unlawful sexual intercourse,against the will of the victim. Victim here is generally a woman.Most rapes go unreported because the victim faces retaliation and humiliation.The gang rape of a 23 year old medical student in a moving bus on 16 December 2012 is a shameful example of brutality happening with a girl. There have been allegations of torture and mass rapes in Jammu and Kashmir. The number of rape cases reported in India have been steadily rising over past decade. Rape of a minor, that is someone below the age of consent, is a form of statutory rape.Nearly 1 in 3 rape victims are below 18 years in India.

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On November 3, National Report published by America’s no.1 independent news team, was widely shared on social media. The story quoted an organiser of the festival he said this was an ancient tradition in Assam where a man who would rape largest number of women will get a trophy. The Assam rape festival began in 43 BC when Baalkrishan Tamil Nadu raped everyone in his Doomdooma village.A festival participant , when interviewed , said that he has been practising for this festival for the whole year by raping his sister and her friends because he wanted to become that “rape star ” of the event. “May god help this fallen nation!This is disgusting !!” was a comment made on the nation.

The rape festival has been held in Assam for thousands of years.Every non married girl age 7-16 will have the chance to flee to safety or get raped. Madhuban Ahluwalia who heads up the annual event told why the event was so important. “This is a long time tradition is Assam dating back thousands of years” says Ahluwalia. “We rape the evil damons out of the girls, otherwise they will cheat on us and we will be forced to kill them so it is necessary for everyone”.The man who rapes the most will be awarded Baalkrishan trophy.The report was shared 89500 times on facebook and around 1000 times on twitter.

Assam investigation department registered a suo moto case against the website for posting the defamatory article.Cursing the gender , one wrote,”God have mercy for these innocent women, what kind of tradition is this”. Another commented,”India is always rapins something. Makes me sick!”.This is exactly where our nation stands?