Rape across all age groups on rise!

By ZRG | Last Updated: Apr 02, 2013, 16:38 PM IST

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Amidst the growing clamor for enhanced safety of women in the National Capital Region (NCR), the region witnessed during the last four days two fresh gang-rape cases. While the rape trajectory has generally been on the rise, the latest episode confirmed the victimhood across all women age groups.

A 38-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped on Saturday night in Sarita vihar (Delhi) while a 16-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped in Noida on Monday.

According to the Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry report titled ‘Women and men in India 2012’, the percentage of rape victims has increased amongst all age groups since 2005.

The age groups categorized in the report are children above 10 years, girls within 10-18 years of age, women within 18-50 years of age and women above 50 years of age.

The percentage increase in rape victims was registered highest within the 10-18 years age group followed by children up to 10 years of age and women above 50 years respectively.

Talking on the mentality of the person who commits rape, Dr Indrani Sinha, Director of ‘SANLAAP’, an NGO in women empowerment said, “A person commits rape in order to force his power and masculinity on the victim. I believe the act of rape whether committed against either a baby girl or an elderly woman is equally heinous and we must perceive it as a shameful act on a whole.”

The incidences of rape within the 10-18 years age group grew by 80.59 percent since 2005; victimization of children below 10 years also increased by 57.09% in 2011.

Outlining the psychological perspective, Dr Ranjana Kumari, president, WomenPowerConnect (WPC), said, “More and more young girls and children are vulnerable to rape because it is psychologically easy to suppress their voices and stop them from reporting the crime.”

The all pervasive growth in rape incidence across age groups is evidenced further within the 18-50 years and above 50 years as well. The growth level in rape incidence for these two age groups stood at 19.11 per cent and 27.03 per cent respectively.

Speaking of the adverse effects of cinema and internet on young minds, Dr Ramesh H Makwa, an expert on the Sociology of Crime & Deviance from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat said, “Vulnerability of women across all age groups has increased due to the adverse effects of movies and internet. Movies and internet sensationalize sex that ultimately deviates the younger generation.”