Remember the Dec 2012 gang rape in Delhi? On Thursday a photojournalist was gang raped in Mumbai. Everyone is discussing, again, why, where, when, what is rape? By the time I get to type this sentence there is a rape happening somewhere in this world. So instead of being a smartass and re-discussing what has been discussed a thousand times ….I will tell you a particular incident and leave it to you to think what you are free to, but must.
Firstly a brief about what happens to the society immediately after a rape?
Everyone is shit scared, especially those who have girls at home. Every parent first tighten the curfew limit. Girls/women who used to roam the streets for fun or job or whatever till say 11 PM have to be back home by 5 PM. Everyone naturally gets suspicious of any boy/ man around. It is a natural reaction. Fear has that power on us.
Of course the police is also highly sensitive during these times. They obviously have to save their jobs and get promotions and that is only possible if they suspect every man/boy to be potential rapist and every women to be the victim. So they work extra hours, man the junctions more carefully and watch dark areas more suspiciously.
Now, just like expected after that dastardly rape in Delhi everyone was agitated and worried like hell. Most parents refused to let their girls out after 5 PM and people began keeping out an eye on any boy hanging out with any girl and the police cooperated wholeheartedly.
How did the police cooperate? it's an actual incident.A young couple was standing at a bus stop after 5 PM. A policeman went up to the couple and escorted them to a decent spot close by to his jeep which has more of policemen like himself.
The police threaten the couple and demand to know what they are doing out so late. During the unofficial interrogation the police also comes to know that the couple is having an affair without their parents knowledge….which in India is normal( most Indians do not like to flaunt their amorous instincts in front of our parents.)
The police taking advantage of the situation actually go on like this :
Police: “It’s because of girls and boys like you we have to work three shifts. Do you know how dangerous it is now a days? First you walk like this then something happens and then everyone is crying rape..rape. Stupid people. ”The boy and girl, “Sorry Sir, we will immediately go back home. Please let us go, Sir.”
Police, “Why not? We are here only to do your service while you do timepass behind your parents back.”
The boy and girl have understood what is implies. And the boy immediately opens his wallet and hands over a 100 rupee.
Now, if you are in India (I don’t know the rules of other countries) if you are ever in the presence of a policeman/woman you should ask them directly how much? Bribe, what else? Yes, yes, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed…you can ask them directly and they will tell you. Of course if you are in police station don’t ask directly because there are CCTV cameras everywhere. There you will have to give money in envelope and that too hidden amongst papers or pretend you are giving a wedding invite but on any open road you can give directly. Like I said there is no need to be shy when giving bribe …bribe taking is almost legal here. (By the way bribe giving is illegal..taking if fine)
Let’s get back to the incident : The policemen are offended by the 100 rupee. That rape in Delhi was so big and the fear around even bigger and only 100 rupee? Yuck.
Police: “ Do you know I can put rape charge on you and you can spend the rest of your life in jail?”The boy offers another 100 rupee. Now who wants to go in jail? But 200 rupees to avoid jail?
The policeman is seriously offended: “ What we will do is we will take you to the police station and inform your parents.” He points to his jeep that has about 5 young couples huddled in there.
The boy and girl are pushed into the jeep along with the others.
Everyone in the jeep is terrified. Who wants to go to a police station and then be bailed out by their parents? And that too after the entire country is so god dammed agitated and worried by this and that rape? We can only imagine what will parents do if they catch their children doing time pass behind their backs and that too during such terrible times!
So every boy empties his wallet and every girl empties her purse.
The police lets them go home with a stern warning, “You know there are rapes happening everywhere. You should not stay out so late. Go home now.”
Thanks to these rapes that keep happening, and thanks to the fear these rapes create in the heart of parents, police have become great entrepreneurs.
And a point to note: Do you know the police uniform and the postman’s uniform is of the same Khaki color in India? Maybe that’s why the police don’t know if they are supposed to deliver letters or law.