Punishing a male child because he was raped; is it fair?
when you hear the word rape first thing that comes to your mind is brutal sexual assault on a woman. Female gender is considered weak, fragile and the one who needs protection. it is unimaginable to think that a woman would rape a man but it’s true, male rape is a reality. men’s rights in india are completely ignored and so is male rape.
there is a need to take a hard look at the juvenile justice law, in a way which goes beyond the 16 December 2012 Delhi gangrape. A 17 year old boy was raped by a 26 year old woman. the woman was booked under pocso act. Shocking thing was that the boy was also arrested on woman’s complaint. though the age as per juvenile act was reduced POSCO still identifies a child as anyone who is below 18 years. while the boy is a child as per pocso act, he can tried as adult as per juvenile justice act, as the age limit was lowered from 18 to 16 with the recent amendments.
lowering of age has made boys between the age of 16 to 18 years, more vulnerable to female predators. after raping a minor if a woman cries rape then the as per juvenile act the minor above the age 16 will be tried as an adult. there is no law that acknowledges male rape. as per indian rape law a female cannot rape or a male cannot be raped. when 17 year old girl got impregnated after having sex with 12 year old boy even then the boy was booked.
more concerning thing is the fact that allegation by a woman are often taken at face value. imagine a molestation case on two year old boy, yes it happened. recently a two year old boy was booked for molestation by bihar police when a adult woman filed a complaint to take revenge. police without any investigation or preliminary inquiry is happy to file such cases.
As per TOI report out of 100 children who face sexual abuse 53 are boys. male child also needs protection government needs to change its stand from ‘Beti Bachao’ to ‘Bacha Bachao’. government needs to have a gender neutral approach.
how can a minor be a victim and a culprit at the same time?? it is as if the minor males are being punished because they were raped by a female. it is clearly an infringement of child rights. there is a need for separate ministry for children as there is one ministry for women and children and there is clearly a conflict of interest, when it comes to children especially the male child.
there is also a need for gender neutral definition for rape which also acknowledges male rape so that men get justice and don’t have to suffer in silence