The Andhra Pradesh State police chief attributes the alarming increase in rape cases to women provoking men by wearing “flimsy and fashionable” clothing. Flanked by top police “Yes, Boss” officers, the A.P. State Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy, IPS, declared in a press conference that police cannot be faulted for rise in rape cases and instead blamed women for provoking people with fashionable clothing. (So, who’s gonna argue with an armed man, eh?).
This observation was seconded by Karnataka State’s Minister for Women and Child Welfare C. C. Patil who said that “women should be dignified in whatever they wear”. They should “know how much skin they should cover and avoid wearing provocative clothes”.
Curiously, Burqa sales have suddenly quadrupled with the Burqa lobby offering free Laddus to passer-by uniformed policemen and undercover policewomen wearing (what else?) Burqas.
The Police’s Logistics Department predicts a proportionate decline in rape statistics next year (and an increase in frustrated perverts on the prowl for prospective victims wearing “provocative” clothing).
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The latest unwary stroller caught in the line of fire, RANJIT SINHA, Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), made a misquoted and misinterpreted comment that ripped to shreds the urbane designer corsets of India’s vociferous squad of misandrists and others as well.
In a classic example of journalistic chicanery (you really need to check out the article), it was made to appear that the CBI Chief was drawing an analogy between legalizing gambling and enjoying rape. Check out what he was actually opining vs. public perception of his statement placed out of context:
During a CBI conference on illegal games of chance and gambling, one of the concerns that popped up was whether CBI had the muscle to enforce laws against sport gambling or should we just surrender and legalize it? Mr. Sinha, addressing the option of legalizing gambling, opines, “Do we have the enforcement? (Absent which, we should consider legalized gambling)”. “It is very easy to say that (i.e., throw in the towel) if you can’t enforce it, it’s like saying if you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it.”
Anyone with even half a brain would construe that he was illustrating the fallacy of legitimizing two serious crimes if “we didn’t have enforcement” personnel. But the word “Rape” instinctively generates rage, especially now, in light of the fatal gang rape of a young woman riding a bus in New Delhi, and a flurry of even more perverted crimes against children being reported almost every day.
“Rape” doesn’t only generate righteous outrage in this politically inflamed climate but prompts premature prejudice. With the tougher anti-rape laws in place, all complainants are prima facie anointed a Victim Status with associated rights and privileges even before a factual determination is made on their eligibility – and opportunism thrives!
WRONG CHOICE OF WORDS, BRO! The higher you climb; more intense the scrutiny. You ought to have known that? But they don’t train you to become diplomats in the Police Academy, do they?
Not too long ago, the “F”-word was THE 4-letter bad word; now kicked to the curb by the 4-letter “R”-word! Now, THAT’S progress! But they both involve the same damn thing …
QUICK UPDATE: Dinesh retired on September 16, 2013 leaving his soiled seat of power to B PRASADA RAO, IPS, the erstwhile Director General of the State Anti-Corruption Bureau to clean up. FUTURE PLANS: Well, since he’s been toasting in the hot seat with a pending CBI investigation on charges of acquiring disproportionate assets, etcetera, etcetera, the logical recourse would be a tactical move toward immunity: POLITICS!! Wasn’t it George Bernard Shaw that once opined, “Politics is the last resort for the …” (I think he said “Statesman”; but it could have been “Scoundrel”: not sure!). Anyway, word is, he’s lobbied for support from the BJP and, just to play it safe, the TDP for a Lok Sabha seat from Ongole. Smart move, Dude! You certainly have the experience! We wish you all the very best! And thanks for being such a good sport on this blog, Bro!
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