We have talked about the unethical ways of the documentary – India’s Daughter – made about the Indian girl who was raped brutally in a moving bus. All sane and normal policies of depiction of death and rape in Europe in general and in particular in UK were jettisoned! Why was it necessary to provide voyeuristic details of how the entrails of the girl were taken out and then disposed off, for example? Or how the unrepentant rapist-killer thought she brought it upon herself? Also pertinent is how this documentary would impact the justice in this case as the case is sub-judice? In the first two articles we had discussed these in detail.
Now we will take this discussion further.
The writer maintains that there has been a concerted effort to “paint the Indian Male black” by the film maker, Leslee Udwin and her sponsors, including the BBC. It is now coming to light that the movie shown in “preview” to garner public support for it initially was a “balanced” version where it ended with “worldwide statistics highlighting violence against women from Australia to the US”. It had cited statistics in the West.
… its original version included evidence that in many countries in the West the incidence of rape is actually much greater. In Britain, the official Crime Survey for England and Wales 2014 estimated that there are 85,000 rapes every year, or one every six minutes. Equivalent US figures suggest that 1 per cent of all women are sexually assaulted each year, one every 25 seconds.
When the movie was shown on BBC and subsequently screened elsewhere, the entire reference to the Worldwide statistics were cut out.
But when the final version emerged, all this had been cut out. India was shown standing alone, as a country where rape is an exceptional problem.
As Christopher Booker very aptly puts it: “If there is a cultural problem here, it is the longstanding desire of the Western media to stereotype Indian males as sexual predators”. All this has its own impact. As has been shared on Quora, a question that went viral soon after – a German professor refused internship to an Indian student because of “rape problem in India”.
What is a crime and happening – in far larger numbers actually – in the West as indeed the rest of the world, India has been instantly singled out as the lone society with such a national mindset. Imagine extrapolating Shylock’s mindset to that of European male ethos. Something of that proportion has been attempted with Indian men. And by at least one account – which was rather crudely articulated and exposed – it has succeeded. It will remain a mystery how many Indian men would face such discrimination covertly. We are the bearers of the rapist’s burden!
Recently, a colleague of mine got this reply from a Professor at the Liepzig University. What should he do?
He is being denied an internship opportunity just because he’s an Indian male and might rape?
I mailed the professor and got the following reply. Also I’ve decided to edit out the name of the professor.
Here’s another screenshot where you can verify for the domain name of the university.
Later the University took out a press release condemning and distancing itself from the Professor’s actions. And the German ambassador to India apologized for the action of the Professor.
— Offstumped Report (@offstumped) March 9, 2015
German Sanctimonious Behavior despite Male superiority in Germany
A country where a female professor is fearful for her women students because an Indian male “hound” is going to be amongst them, apparently would be one where women are completely safe and justice available completely. Right? WRONG!! It now seems that the German situation in rape cases is abysmal. Here is an interesting look:
When a rape court in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia acquitted the alleged rapist of a 15-year-old girl in 2012, women’s rights advocates were outraged.
The ruling found that saying no, or even screaming it, wasn’t enough to merit rape charges.
Now findings from a new study indicate that case was hardly unique, despite aEuropean initiative to step up efforts to stop violence against women.
The number of German rape cases ending in convictions has plummeted from 22 percent to 8 percent over the past 20 years, according to a study released by the Hanover-based Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony.
From 22% to 8% conviction rate – that’s an alarming drop. But even more alarming is how the German rulings now are siding with the rapists as opposed to the victim! If one goes deeper into the German society, one finds that this IS indeed representative of the German male mindset. Not just that, justice is now a function of your wealth in Germany.
As the article points out with respect to the attitudes toward women – things aren’t as hunky dory as they are made out to be.