In a recent undercover interview with police officers in Delhi, the officers claimed that rape is an offense committed by the victim who lure the violator into sex with the victim. The officers opined that but for some rare cases, amounting to about one percent of the entire cases reported, allegations of rape are concocted claims made against rich kids for extracting money.
That the National Capital Territory is a minefield for women, particularly women who work late and have to travel alone is yet another ugly reality of India. The Chief Minister of Delhi has advised her women subjects to be careful not to travel alone at night and thereby obviously not to 'lure' vulnerable men, into 'committing mistakes'.
The government of India does not have a true picture of gender violence, other than the incorrect statistics, often belatedly published by the National Crime Records Bureau. It is not an issue anyone has seriously bothered to address.
The lack of sensitivity concerning cases of sexual abuse is not limited to the police. Often doctors who examine the victim of sexual abuse accuse the victim for the violence they have suffered. Occasions in which the Asian Human Rights Commission has come across medical professionals who have accused the victims for being subjected to sexual abuse are several. Lawyers and judges also entrain similar attitudes, that at least on three occasions the AHRC had to intervene when judges who presided over criminal trials in cases of sexual violence made fun of the victim.