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Karnataka: 35-year-old arrested after body of 9-year-old found near canal, police suspect sexual abuse


Days after the country was shaken by the horrific rape and murder of the veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, another horrifying atrocity involving a 9-year-old girl has come to the fore. The girl, who was studying in the second standard, was found murdered after allegedly being raped in Yakapur village in Chincholi Taluk of the district on Monday.

The 35-year-old accused, Yallapa, was arrested by the police. Locals had reported that he was seen with the girl before she went missing. The accused had allegedly lured the victim by promising to buy chocolates. The girl had reportedly left for school but remained absent.

However, when the girl did not return home, anxious parents started searching for their daughter. When they asked Yallapa about their daughter’s whereabouts, he dodged the question saying he was not aware of her. The parents filed a complaint at the Sulepet police station following which they launched a search operation to locate the girl.

The villagers found the body of the girl late evening in the canal of Mullamari irrigation project located behind the Anganwadi centre of the village. The police have sent the body for post mortem. Besides, the innerwear of the accused was recovered from the site which bore the marks of bleeding.

The police believe that the victim was allegedly raped before being murdered. They have launched an investigation into the matter and arrested the accused who was last seen with the victim. From the preliminary investigation, it had appeared that the girl may have been strangulated, but the police have said they will confirm after the post-mortem report.

The recent incidents of rape and murder have created a lot of outrage nationwide, especially after the Hyderabad rape and murder incident. There are demands to ensure stringent and immediate punishment in such cases.

Uttar Pradesh: Four minors arrested and sent to Juvenile Home for attempting to sodomise a 12-year-old boy


The Uttar Pradesh police have apprehended four juveniles in Shamli district for attempting to sodomise a 12-year-old boy. All the four accused are aged between 12 to 15, confirmed UP police.

According to the report by PTI, the minor victim was playing outside his house when the accused, who were his neighbours, approached him and asked him to come with them. The accused, then took him to a vacant plot where they tried to sodomise the victim. They fled after the boy fell unconscious. Later, the boy was found by his family, the police said.

The Shamli police confirmed that a case has been registered against the four juveniles and they were apprehended. They were sent to a juvenile home after medical examination, they said.

Read: Legalising prostitution or pornography will not bring down rapes. This is why the argument is flawed

In October this year, a 13-year-old boy was murdered in Bareilly by someone who attempted to sodomize him. The police had started investigating after his family lodged a missing complaint. A few hours later, his body was recovered at a deserted spot outside his village.

Similarly, in July, 34-year-old Sikandar Khan alias Kale Khan alias Jeevanu has been arrested by Jaipur Police from Kota for raping a seven-year-old girl in Jaipur. His interrogation has revealed that he has earlier sodomised at least 25 minors in the past.

Aaditya Thackeray and his cousin Varun Sardesai, who is not even an MLA, attend Maharashtra CM meeting, netizens question their presence

Less than a week since the Maha Vikas Aghadi nominee Uddhav Thackeray assumed the Chief Ministership of Maharashtra, questions are already being raised over the functioning of the state leadership, especially the Chief Minister. Thackeray drew criticism for espousing vindictive politics by abruptly canceling the metro car shed project and putting under scanner a host of other projects commissioned by the previous government.

Now, the presence of Aaditya Thackeray and his cousin Varun Sardesai, who is not even an MLA, in the meeting of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra has attracted flak from many netizens. An image of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray presiding over a meeting with officials was shared by a journalist following which many on Twitter questioned the capacity in which Aaditya Thackeray and his cousin Varun Sardesai, were attending the meeting.

One Twitter user highlighted the presence of Aaditya Thackeray, who holds no position in the government of Maharashtra, saying that it sends a wrong message.

Calling it a wrong thing, another Twitter user questioned if Aaditya Thackeray is holding any ministerial position in the cabinet to be a part of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra’s meeting.

One Twitteratti took a dig at Aaditya Thackeray saying that if Aditya wants to attend all the meetings in an official capacity, he should rather tender his resignation as an MLA and the CM should appoint him as his OSD/PS/PA.

Many others raised eyebrows over the inclusion of Varun Sardesai in the CMO meeting. Varun Sardesai, who calls himself a “wannabe neta”, is a leader and a core committee member of the Yuva Sena, Sena’s youth wing headed by party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s elder son Aaditya. Varun is the first cousin of Aaditya and has been politically active from his days at the Datta Meghe College of Engineering in Airoli, where he headed the Yuva Sena’s unit in his first year.

Read: NCP MLA asks Uddhav Thackeray to release Bhima Koregaon accused, who once compared Balasaheb Thackeray to Hitler

However, Varun is neither an MLA nor holds a position in Chief Minister’s Office or the government. Many Twitter users expressed their disapproval with Sardesai attending the Chief Minister of Maharashtra’s meeting.

One Sanjay Gaikwad questioned stature of Varun Sardesai for attending the meeting, given that he is not even an elected MLA.

BJP too questioned the presence of Varun Sardesai in the Chief Minister’s meeting. BJP spokesperson, Suresh Nakhua asked the journalist Sudhir Suryawanshi, who shared the picture of the meeting extolling the new Chief Minister for choosing formal attire for the meeting, as to in which capacity was Varun Sardesai attending the meeting.

Earlier, the NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress alliance government in Maharashtra was accused of pursuing vendetta politics as key projects envisaged and set in motion by the Devendra Fadnavis’ government were put on hold by the CM Uddhav Thackeray. Regarding the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train project, Thackeray said, “We will review the development projects happening across the state and determine if some projects that are done on priority are really needed. We will review the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train project,” Uddhav said.

Azamgarh: ‘Sex maniac’ Naziruddin attacked family, killed 3, sodomised mother’s dead body and 9-year-old child


In a shocking and gruesome incident, a 28-year-old man named Naziruddin was arrested by the UP police on Monday days after a gruesome triple murder in a family and rape on a mother-daughter duo that resulted in the woman’s death. The incident had occurred in the Mubarakpur police station limits in Azamgarh.

As per a report in Hindustan Times, Naziruddin had attacked the family, in his own neighbourhood on the intervening night of 24-25 November. As per the police, he had first attacked the husband, and the family’s two sons, aged five years and four months respectively.

Naziruddin’s attack had killed the husband and the baby, while grievously injuring the five-year-old boy. He had then attacked the mother, a 30-year-old woman and her 9-year old daughter. The accused had allegedly sodomised the corpse of the woman and the unconscious child and had raped and tortured them in a brutal manner. Naziruddin’s torture and the attack caused the woman’s death and had grievously injured the girl.

Triveni Singh, the SSP of Azamgarh has stated to the media that the accused showed the behavioural symptoms of a ‘psychotic sexual offender’. He allegedly had raped and sodomised the woman and her child multiple times in a span of three hours.

The police have stated that the accused also went on to sodomise the woman’s dead body for hours.

The 9-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother are admitted in a hospital where their condition is said to be ‘stable’.

The police have further stated that Naziruddin had attacked and hit all family members with the blunt object, possibly a stone. He had allegedly become fascinated with the woman and had entered their house in a planned manner at the night. Some reports have also stated that the victim family was related to Naziruddin.

The police have revealed some chilling details of the crime and the extreme brutality and psychotic behaviour exhibited by the accused Naziruddin. He had allegedly purchased virility pills from a nearby town and consumed them before sexually assaulting the mother-daughter duo.

Not just that, Naziruddin had allegedly video-recorded the entire act and had even shown the video of the crime later to a woman of his family. The police have stated that the crime was ‘executed in the most gruesome manner with no display of mercy or human dignity’.

The police had nabbed the accused after analysing cellphone data. The accused’s past behaviour towards women had pointed the police towards him. The barbaric incident had created panic in the area. It is being reported that the accused had committed sexual crimes in Haryana and Delhi too.

Naziruddin has reportedly confessed to the police that he had first conducted a recce and made certain that the woman’s house was located at some distance from other houses and their screams won’t be heard by villagers.

Naziruddin had allegedly scaled the boundary wall on the night of the incident and had immediately attacked the woman’s husband with a blunt object, expecting maximum resistance from him. The man had died immediately. He had then attacked the woman and her daughter, before attacking the two younger boys.

The police have also revealed that the accused Naziruddin displays symptoms of a violent and deviant sex maniac. His wife had reportedly left him recently after being fed up of his deviant behaviour. Even the prostitutes in the area had banned the accused from entering their premises due to his perverted and abusive sexual behaviour.

SSP Singh has stated that the police have been carefully collecting all forensic, electronic and physical evidence and they will try to fast-track the case. Naziruddin will face multiple charges of murder, rape, and attempt to murder under the IPC. He will also face charges under the POCSO Act.

As per reports, the victim husband of the family was a 35-year-old poor weaver and was living with his family in the Mubarakpur area. The crime scene on the next morning had stunned the villagers and the police due to the sheer level of brutalities inflicted upon the family. While Naziruddin was a suspect from the beginning, he had denied involvement. The police team had carefully followed all clues, analysed cellphone data, and had arrested Naziruddin several days later.

Naziruddin was identified by the dog squad too. The girl child had also allegedly identified Naziruddin as their attacker when she gained consciousness.

As 2019 comes to an end, here are the 10 most unforgettable cricket moments of the decade


The decade is about to over. A decade full of records, full of controversies. 3 World Cups, 4 World T20s, 2 Champions Trophy and the beginning of the first Test championship. It’s hard to pick 10 most important cricketing moments of the decade but we manage to pick few and they are mainly based on history makers.

2010 – First ODI Double Hundred

February 24: History was created in Gwalior. After 2961 ODIs, Sachin Tendulkar of India became the first man to score the double hundred in ODIs. Tendulkar scored 200* in the 50th over of the innings against South Africa. Several players in the past came close to breaking the barrier of 200 runs in an ODI but none deserves the accolade as much as Sachin Tendulkar, who scored more runs, hundreds, the fifties in ODIs. Cricinfo’s server crashed after 45 million page views that particular day. Since then 7 more double hundreds have been scored, 3 alone by Rohit Sharma.

2011 – Dhoni finishes off in style

April 2: A World Cup Title after 28 years for India, when they made history at Wankhede. India became the first team to win the World Cup at home. The hero of the World Cup, Yuvraj Singh was struggling with cancer during the tournament yet gave his best performance and won the ‘Player of the Tournament award’. Tendulkar’s dream of winning the World Cup finally achieved when MS Dhoni hit the six to win the title. The whole India celebrated, came on the roads of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc with drums and DJs.

2012 – England’s Test Series Win in India

November/December: The greatest test series victory away from home of the decade. England finally won a Test series in India after almost 30 years. This was India’s only series defeat of the decade at home. Other than India all the teams have lost more than once at home in this decade. Even after losing the first test of the series in Ahemdabad, England came back strongly and won the series 2-1. Kevin Pietersen played his greatest test knock (186) at Wankhede with Panesar and Swann taking 19 out of 20 Indian wickets. England went on to win the 3rd Test in Kolkata and then a draw in Nagpur confirmed their first test series win in India since 1984-85.

2013 – Tendulkar retired

November 16: The day when India wept. The last day of Sachin Tendulkar’s illustrative career. Playing in hometown, Tendulkar scored 74 in his last test innings. The farewell speech was one of the best speech by a cricketer who brought tears in the eyes of everyone present in the stadium. And as if that was not enough to moist the eyes of his fans, Tendulkar walked back to the pitch for one last time to pay his respect, made it more memorable. Tendulkar retired with the most number of Tests, ODIs, Runs, Hundreds and many other several records.

2014 – Philip Hughes’ Death

November 25-27: When the whole cricketing world came together. On November 25, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was hit by a bouncer in a domestic game and was air-lifted to a hospital. Fans across the globe prayed for his speedy recovery, but Hughes succumed to injury on November 27. The Test match in Sharjah between Pakistan and New Zealand was suspended for a day. Boards, cricketers, and fans started trending #PutOutYourBats as a tribute for Phillip Hughes all over the social media.

2015 – The First Day-Night Test

November 27: Exactly after a year of Phillip Hughes’ death, the first-day night test was played at Adelaide Oval between Australia and New Zealand. Australians are known for bringing new ideas and changes to the game to keep it interesting for the fans. They started the concept of Day-night cricket along with colour kits, brought snickometer, Hotspot, and DRS into the game and now the pink ball test to bring more crowds to the stadium for test matches. Before the decade got over, India too made their pink-ball Test match debut. A welcome change to keep the test matches interesting even if they are getting over in less than 5 days.

2016 – Caribbean Music in India

April 3: West Indies was the first team to win the World Cup twice (in 1975 & 1979) and in 2016 they became the first team to win the World T20 cup twice. Braithwaite’s 4 consecutive sixes to in the final over to win the title was the most majestic moment of the World Cup. Samuels, like in 2012, played another crucial knock in the finals. It was a great year for West Indies cricket as they not only won the WT20 in males cricket but also of female cricket along with U-19 World Cup.

2017 – Pakistan’s Champions Trophy

June 18: Pakistan qualified as the last team in the Champions Trophy. The most unpredictable team of every generation somehow manages to win the spot of final against India at Lord’s. An Indian-Pakistan contest is always known as the ‘mother of all battles’ and if its a tournament final then nothing like that. On that sunny day, except the toss, everything went in Pakistan’s favour. Fakhar Zaman nicked a ball to the keeper off Bumrah when he was at just 3 but it was found that the ball was a no-ball. Riding on luck, Zaman thrashed Indian bowlers all over the park. He made 114 and added 128 runs for the 1st wicket which set up the game for Pakistan. Chasing 339, India’s top order was derailed by Mohammad Amir. He picked the top scorers of Indian batting line up of the tournament in the span of 4 overs. With Rohit, Kohli, and Dhawan back in the dressing room with just 33 onboard, the match was over much earlier than expected. Pakistan won the tournament despite being the last team to qualify is not surprising for cricket fans because Pakistan’s cricket is full of uncertainties.

2018 – The Sandpaper Gate

March 24: As if match-fixing was not enough to destroy the reputation of the game, the best players of the game involved in the greatest controversy of the decade. Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were found tampering with the ball with sandpaper (which cricketers generally use to maintain their bats) in the third test against South Africa in Capetown. Smith, who was also the captain, later admitted that he knew the plans of changing the condition of the ball. The vice-captain David Warner also accepted the charges by ICC. Australian Cricket Board later banned all three players from International cricket for a year. In the absence of Smith, Tim Paine got the responsibility to lead the Australian team.

2019 – England finally winning the World Cup

July 14: The Greatest Match of ODI History. A nail-biting finish in World Cup final. A tie followed by a super over, followed by another tie but England won the title because of boundary rule. Yes, a World Cup final was decided by a rule which says whichever team hits more boundaries in the final will win the match in case of a tie in super over. England had been playing the most exciting and aggressive form of cricket since its early exit from World Cup 2015. This is certainly England’s best ODI team of all time. After losing the previous three World Cup finals, they finally overcome the tag of chokers in World Cup finals. A World Cup win for the creator of the game.

What are yours? Do comment and let us know.

Shivam Vij and The Print brazen out allegations of inventing quotes, Shekhar Gupta says ‘we need to own up to failures’

Well, Shekhar Gupt did not say ‘we need to own up to failures’. Certainly not in the context of Shivam Vij, contributing editor of Shekhar Gupta led The Print who is being accused of concocting quotes and then brazening out. Shekhar Gupta actually said this in 2007 when he was with the Indian Express. But since The Print believes in attributing decade-old quotes to current scenarios, we thought it would be a fun exercise to see how time changes context.

Shivam Vij, the contributing editor of The Print, has been accused of inventing a quote out of thin air for his report titled ‘Why Kashmiri Pandits may never return to the Valley’. Shivam Vij used a conversation he claims to have had with author Arvind Gigoo in order to peddle his agenda. The son of the Kashmiri Pandit “quoted”, Siddhartha Gigoo, came out on Twitter and accused Shivam Vij of lying, saying that his father never gave such a quote and has never spoken to The Print.

Read: The Print’s contributing editor Shivam Vij accused of inventing fake quotes and twisting facts to peddle liberal propaganda

In his report, Shivam Vij had quoted Gigoo as if he had spoken to him in today’s context with respect to this article. A copy of the article we had archived shows that no date of the conversation or context of this quote was mentioned.

Archive version of The Print article

After Siddhartha Gigoo, Arvind Gigoo’s son contested the quote published by Shivam Vij, he and Shekhar Gupta led The Print brazened it out claiming that the quote was actually accurate and was from Vij’s meeting with Gigoo a decade ago in 2010.

Defence by Shekhar Gupta led The Print
Defence by Shekhar Gupta led The Print

When Gigoo tweeted to The Print saying that his father had never spoken to The Print’s reporter, after hours of “checking”, The Print brazened it out claiming that the quote was accurate and that Shivam Vij had tweeted the same.

When one checks Vij’s Twitter handle, the shamelessness becomes even more apparent.

Shivam Vij, contributing editor of Shekhar Gupta led The Print being shameless
Shivam Vij, contributing editor of Shekhar Gupta led The Print being shameless

Shivam Vij claimed that the quote is accurate and was taken in 2010-2012. That is almost a decade ago when terrorism in Kashmir was at its peak. When Gigoo confronts Vij, shamelessly and brazenly, Vij asks Gigoo if ‘he has gone crazy’.

The Print and Shivam Vij seem to be of the opinion that a decade-old opinion when the times and situations were different can simply be quoted out of context to suit their current propaganda. After this shameless display of arrogance by The Print and Shivam Vij, the publication led by Shekhar Gupta sneakily changed the paragraph where Arvind Gigoo was quoted.

Updated article on Shekhar Gupta led The Print
Updated article on Shekhar Gupta led The Print

Essentially, Shivam Vij wrote an article about how Kashmiri Hindus might not return to the valley even after the abrogation of Article 370 by quoting a Kashmiri Hindu from a conversation that was held a decade ago.

Going by The Print’s stand, it seems perfectly reasonable that Shekhar Gupta’s statement made in 2007 can be used in the current context without a care in the world. In 2007, Shekhar Gupta had written a 2751 word email to Indian Express staff saying that as the group prepares itself “for a big leap forward,” it needs an honest introspection and own up to “our failures and…acknowledge our weaknesses.” He wrote: “In a year when the media industry has grown by nearly 25%, our revenues have declined by 3%,” adding that “it does look to me as if all of us took our eye off the ball.”

Pertinently, he wrote, “The truth is that we have been much too forgiving with ourselves in a market-place getting less forgiving by the day”. Further, at the time he was the group’s editor-in-chief, he wrote, “…requested the members of the top management team to take a wage freeze for this year. In addition, I have also decided to defer a significant part of my compensation until we see some real improvement.”

While Shekhar Gupta and his current publication, The Print has become too shameless to bother to acknowledge mistakes, we think, going by The Print’s editorial standards that these words can easily be attributed the Shekhar Gupta today, in context of Shivam Vij’s shenanigans.

While the words can be attributed easily, we are not holding our breath about The Print introspecting and being unforgiving with itself as far as its dwindling editorial standards are concerned.

I-T dept issues show cause notice to Congress over Rs 175 crores black money allegedly received through Hawala

The Indian National Congress has received a show-cause notice from the Income Tax department over allegations of receiving black money to the tune of Rs 175 crores from a Hyderabad-based company. Reportedly, senior Congress office bearers who were summoned by the I-T Department on November 4 did not show up.

As per reports, the show cause notice was served on Monday after Congress failed to submit some documents related to flow of unaccounted funds from Hyderabad-based infrastructure company.

Reportedly, during the recent raids, the Income Tax Department has found that the Hyderabad-based infrastructure company has sent about Rs 175 crore to Congress through hawala transaction. These funds were reportedly siphoned out through government projects through bogus billings.

Read: Income Tax Tribunal rejects plea by Gandhis in National Herald tax evasion case, says Young Indian is not a charitable organisation

Hyderabad-based company Megha Infrastructure Ltd reportedly sent black money donations to Congress. Congress is yet to respond to these allegations.

Patna: One Mohammad Danish arrested after he abducted minor student, family alleges forced conversion to Islam


Mohammad Danish, a maths teacher in Bihar’s Danapur area, who had abducted his 15-year-old student and has been absconding for over 2 months, has been arrested near Patna on Monday. As per reports, Danish is accused of trying to forcefully convert the minor girl student who is a non-Muslim.

As per reports, the minor girl’s family had approached the Khagaul police on September alleging that the tuition teacher Danish had abducted their daughter. The family had alleged that Danish may have plans to rape and forcefully convert the girl and marry her.

Danish had taken the girl and was missing from a coaching centre in Khagaul’s Moti Chowk.

After the police complaint, Danish’ family had fled the area locking their house. The Khagaul police were unable to trace the teacher or the minor girl. Later, Danish’s parents were detained and were interrogated over their son’s whereabouts.

After Danish’ arrest, the police have stated that Danish was hiding in Danapur area. He had allegedly taken the girl to Kolkata and spent over two months there in different places.

Both the victim and the accused Danish were presented in court by the police on Monday. The police have stated that they are yet to ascertain whether the girl was abused or forced by Danish to change her religion and the investigation is still open.

As per reports, Mohamad Danish has denied the allegations of rape or forceful conversion. However, he has admitted to the police that he had taken the girl with him and they had spent the last 2 months in Kolkata. Danish’ family members have been arrested for involvement in the case too.

I kept asking but no one came to help: Mumbai lawyer chases molester Javed at Dadar station even as a bystander empathises with accused


Days after the horrific Hyderabad rape and murder case, Mumbai based 24-year-old crime lawyer chased down the man who allegedly molested her, caught him as he tried to escape and handed him over to cops even as one fellow commuter empathised with the accuser. According to a report by Mid-Day, the lawyer was walking towards the first class of the ladies compartment on platform no. 3 at Dadar station at 11 PM on Saturday when the accused Javed Jan Shaha allegedly put his hand between her legs from behind.

The woman punched him with his elbow and when she turned around, she saw him run away. She held him by his collar but he managed to board the Borivli fast train which was about to leave the platform. Holding his collar, she also boarded the train as she did not want to let him go.

Even as she fought him alone, the woman alleges that none of the bystanders came to help her. In fact, she alleges, that one even showed sympathy to the man and asked her to ease her grip as she might be ‘hurting’ his neck. She then alleges that the man started touching her feet to apologise.

Read: Legalising prostitution or pornography will not bring down rapes. This is why the argument is flawed

Adding to her ordeal, she alleges that the police, instead of helping her out, were reluctant to file an FIR and even warned her about the legal hurdles she may have to face should she  pursue the case. However, when she told them she’s a lawyer herself, they filed the case.

The accused, 32-year-old Javed is a medical student and hails from a good family. However, the woman alleged that his WhatsApp chats revealed that he was sending vulgar messages to women just to harass them.

Expressing shock at the apathy of bystanders, she said that what shocked her most about the incident was that in a city like Mumbai, no one came forward to help her.

Legalising prostitution or pornography will not bring down rapes. This is why the argument is flawed

The only thing that binds prostitution, pornography, and rape is the apparent element of sex. However, just because there is one element common in all three, it doesn’t mean that they are all heavily dependent on each other. This is a mistake that is being made again in wake of the Hyderabad rape-and-murder case where a young veterinary doctor was raped and then burnt to death by four men.

Some people have suggested that prostitution should be made legal in India and the ban on pornography should be lifted to make India safer for women. Apparently taking these two steps could reduce the number of rapes in India. The argument is flawed and reflects the lack of understanding of the problem, which appears to have become an epidemic in India.

Most European countries have given legal status to prostitution and pornography, but are those countries or societies free of incidents of rape? In fact, official data shows that the incidents of rape per thousand people in those countries are much higher than what is reported in India.

Yes, one can argue that many rape cases go unreported in India, however, the argument that we are evaluating here is whether legalising prostitution and pornography are solutions to the problem of rape. They clearly aren’t, as they don’t appear to have helped the countries were sex work or adult entertainment industries are established and recognised industries. Of late, the rape problem in Europe has gotten only worse.

Let us evaluate both of these supposed solutions independently. Let us first take prostitution. By suggesting that rape incidents can be controlled if prostitution is legalised, one is essentially assuming that rapes happen because people don’t have easy access to sex. In a more crude way, the argument is that men are raping women as they are not finding enough women ready to have sex with them.

Is that why rapes happen? Then no married man ever should commit the crime of rape. Defence lawyers in India are supposed to come up with most weird arguments, how will our society react if some lawyer of a rapist comes with an argument that his ‘poor client’ was driven to commit rape because his wife was not having regular sex with him?

Secondly, how are we so sure that people who frequent brothels don’t commit rape? And thirdly, it is not about not having enough women ready to have sex with you; even Casanovas and ‘handsome charming men’ have been found guilty of rape.

There is another issue, that of presumed “easy access”. Are we so sure that millions of women will register as sex-workers if and when prostitution is legalised in India, thus making this service “affordable”? Going to a prostitute will cost money, and given the economic background of rapists that we now know in the Hyderabad case, are we sure they would have spent money on prostitutes?

Similar augments can be made against the idea of bringing down rapes by legalising and making pornography available to the masses. It is really naive to think that in today’s world, with everyone having a cheap smartphone and with India having one of the cheapest data rates in the world, people don’t have access to pornography. Courts might have pushed ISPs to ban popular porn sites, but what about video clips and images that can be shared via WhatsApp and other means?

In fact, if the mobile phones of the Hyderabad rapists are checked, one shouldn’t be surprised to find a collection of pornographic images and video clips. In the 2013 Shakti Mills gang-rape case of Mumbai, it was found that the rapists were not only porn addicts, but they also made the victim act the way they saw ‘actors’ perform in those pornographic clips. Pornography also enables a mindset that you need a new act every time. You are not satisfied with the just 3-4 video clips that you can save. This is the mindset that enables you to go on a hunt for new “targets”. Therefore, one can argue, and many have argued, that pornography actually leads to an increase in sex-related crimes.

The biggest flaw in linking both prostitution and pornography with rape is the presumed belief that rape is just about sex. It often is not about sex. It is invariably about a man applying his brute power over a woman to prove to himself (and in some cases to his group) his masculinity and sexual power. Why the man wants to prove that could be triggered by various reasons, but a desire to have sex is not one of the reasons.

The only arguments in favour of legalising prostitution and pornography should be about free will and free markets. Obviously, the arguments of morality, human trafficking, exploitation etc. would be against the idea. But these are the set of arguments that we should stick to when talking about prostitution or pornography. Let us not link the problem of rape with them.

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