“India’s Daughter” and the “Rape Capital of the World” – Find out where?

An open letter to BBC (By Shri Anand, a lawyer from India):

Dear BBC,

Thank you very much for having interviewed Mukesh Singh, the rapist awaiting appeal on his death sentence. Thank you for being concerned about “India’s Daughter”. Let’s for a moment set aside Leslee Udwin’s competency as a journalist; having read her report, I have second thoughts about her level of common sense itself! She had come to India expecting an 8-feet tall, one eyed monster with blood dripping from his fangs, and is surprised to see that Mukesh Singh is a “normal common bus driver”!

Then, she is appalled at the lack of remorse demonstrated by him. She is appalled that the value systems held by Mukesh (which she generalizes to be held by all Indian men, by quoting some other bigots – people with poor English language skills and a vested interest of saving the accused to further their career prospects, as well) considers women to be unequal and that woman is responsible for getting raped, etc.

Dear Leslee, this is where the monstrosity lies, not in Mukesh’s appearance, but in the value systems that he held and adhered to.

However, having watched the video as well, I have to thank you for the commendable effort made.

We, Indians, didn’t know that rape was a crime! I guess that was why the whole of Delhi and Indian social media protested (rioted) against the crime immediately after it was committed. May be that’s why the culprits are behind bars, awarded the death sentenced, awaiting appeal.

May I please request your capable journalistic effort in the following scenarios as well?

  1. Please do a documentary on “England’s Daughter”. With a 2010 rape statics of 28.8/100,000 population and ranking 6th in this crime (far exceeding India’s 1.8/100,000 and ranking 54). I guess England also has a lot of daughters who have been raped [you said you were once raped in childhood and so wanted to make this documentary on Delhi rape]. Their rapists also should get an opportunity to voice their views, right? May be you should do separate ones for penile penetration and penetration with other objects or body parts. That’s how your legal compartmentalizes rape and sexual assault, right? While you’re at it, please don’t forget to call England the “rape capital of Europe”. I’m sure you’ll find equally graphic descriptions of crime in action within England itself.
  2. Speaking of ranking, why not do one on “South Africa’s daughters”? They rank 1st with 132.4/100,000 population. Please call it “the rape capital of the world”.

  3. Maybe you should do a similar one on your colonial cousins across the Atlantic and Pacific, “America’s daughters” and “Australia’s daughters”. They rank 12th and 18th respectively. You should also do a comparison against yourself with these. It seems the successors of all the criminals and convicts that your ancestors exiled to these countries have reformed their younger generations to do better than you in treating women with respect. Or it’s because of the high rate of immigration from South Asians and Latin American countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Mexico (ranked 21st).

Would you DARE to do one of these? No, right? I guessed as much!!!

The open letter ends here. It may look in bad taste but it throws a challenge at Ms. Leslee. Let Leslee prove  her professed journalistic honesty by taking this challenge head-on! Else, her hypocrisy is exposed.

Let’s do a little research to find out where the “rape capital” of the world etc. lies:

Crime > Rapes > Per capita: Countries Compared

Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

David Finkelhor

Crimes Against Children Research Center

Brutal rape : Colombia 


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