“If she’s habitual, we can’t prove rape”

A trifecta of misogynists, always blaming the victim:
1. Extraordinarily misogynist and dangerous TV media coverage.
2. OC of a Police Station who says if the woman is having a physical relationship with boyfriend, they can’t prove rape by anyone else.
3. Video reposted on YouTube by an “activist” who calls women “bitches” (“Mushfiq Rahman Tomal who control yaba and bitches in town”)



The OC says (Part 2 of video): “If she is in physical relationship with her boyfriend, that means her body is habitually used to sex. So we cannot prove the rape happened.”

10 thoughts on ““If she’s habitual, we can’t prove rape”

  1. why this post is going after this disgusting OC? what about the TV reporter and the TV’s editorial board? How this sort of News where a rape victims’s address, photos, mobile number everything being shown? This is disgusting. This reporter must be friends with those rapists.

    we only hear how our politicians are bad. how our police and business leaders are rotten.

    how about these rapists, junkie non political English/Bengali speaking youth?

    • Raihan, the post states:

      A trifecta of misogynists
      1. TV media coverage.
      2. OC of a Police Station
      3. Video reposted on YouTube by an “activist” who calls women “bitches”

      So I am pretty sure the post doesn’t only go after disgusting OC.

      • To me, just a line about this dangerous/sexist, misogynist TV coverage is not enough. Your blog spends a lot of time to find out when government and seldom opposition political leaders go wrong. But, you have the opportunity here to expose this reporter and with the kind of investigative bloggers’ consortium you have, I feel, you also have the ability to go after the TV station and its news editorial board.

        Through this post at least some of us got to learn about this horrible reporting and that disgusting OC. It is obvious that this OC cannot protect our daughters/sisters/mothers in Dhaka. No rape victim would go to this police station.

        But this post lacks commentary on TV reporting. The existing laws ( or lack of) to secure privacy of rape victims.

        When we demand for immediate removal of this OC (and we should do that irrespective of political affiliation) we must also go after this horrible TV report.

      • Raihan,
        We agree with you that the TV reporting is as much at fault as the OC.

        Both should be prosecuted for covering up a rape case.

        Unfortunately AoD’s investigative capacity (meaning actual resources to look for facts beyond what’s available on the internet) is limited to whatever people email us. We don’t have more resources than that. If you have contacts to find out more about this TV station, please do post the info in comments section, and we’ll try to follow up.

        Or email us at: info.alalodulal@gmail.com

  2. In 2011 the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) discontinued the practice of the ‘two-finger’ test but it is still being practised to determine if the rape survivor is ‘habituated to sex’.
    https://www.change.org/petitions/sushil-kumar-shinde-home-minister-of-india-prohibit-the-two-finger-test-in-rape-cases-2?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=16234&alert_id=FDTaRdeBLY_iwlhVvdBfs

    Soorinje’s detention seems indicative of a wider penchant among Indian authorities to try to silence the messenger rather than deal with the root problem.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/committee-to-protect-journalists/as-indians-protest-rape-a_b_2440664.html

    Foeticide, infanticide, higher infant mortality among girls, rampant discrimination against the girl child, dowry deaths, khap panchayats, “honour” killings. Which of these values, Bhagwat Ji, have we imported from the West?
    http://www.asianage.com/columnists/bhagwat-ka-bharat-763

    Not a single advertisement, in any way, approaches women as a non-sexual, non-saleable item, she adds. “Irrespective of what is being sold (say, a car), the woman is represented, first of all, as equivalent to the object on sale, and secondly as seducing a man into buying that item.
    http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20130125300102600.htm

    We need to make efforts to create a society where women and girls can live lives free of all forms of male violence. In combination with public education, awareness-raising campaigns, and victim support, the law and other legislation needs to establish a zero tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and violence against women. The law needs to recognize that without men’s demand for and use of women and girls for sexual exploitation, the rape culture would not be able flourish and expand.
    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/challenging-indias-rape-culture/article4294223.ece

  3. Not a single advertisement, in any way, approaches women as a non-sexual, non-saleable item, she adds. “Irrespective of what is being sold (say, a car), the woman is represented, first of all, as equivalent to the object on sale, and secondly as seducing a man into buying that item. The prospective buyer is intrinsically always a male. And that really reflects the fact that men worldwide own much more wealth than women do. The representation of women is usually sexed up and the women are usually shown to be size zero with inflated breasts and are often fair-skinned. Look at some of the Scandinavian countries; they have taken a policy decision to discourage the size zero body type for women and even size zero mannequins are being phased out there,” Karen Gabriel says. The recent cases of vengeful acid attacks that seek to de-beautify a woman’s face can be located in this understanding.

    http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20130125300102600.htm

  4. We need to make efforts to create a society where women and girls can live lives free of all forms of male violence. In combination with public education, awareness-raising campaigns, and victim support, the law and other legislation needs to establish a zero tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and violence against women. The law needs to recognize that without men’s demand for and use of women and girls for sexual exploitation, the rape culture would not be able flourish and expand. For example, a good response would be to require every registered business, which requires a license to operate, to subject all employees to a sensitization on zero tolerance of sexual violence in and out of the work place. License renewal could be made dependent on the business submitting certificates to show that their employees have undergone Zero Tolerance of Sexual Violence training.

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/challenging-indias-rape-culture/article4294223.ece

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