Rape is a serious topic, it is actually up there along with Racial Equality, Freedom etc.
I was on twitter when an individual tweeted something like ( I am paraphrasing);”If you are dressed indecently, then it is your fault”. I stared at this tweet and stared, I was lost in thought about the rape issue when it dawned on me that most people always using the excuse of “She was dressed indecently” are basically saying “Hey she deserved what she got…she should cover up” so the guy who raped the girl in the end is not the subject of attention, disgust, and ridicule but the girl is, which is wrong so wrong.
First of all, RAPE IS NOT A FORM OF PUNISHMENT! sorry I am yelling, but I needed those at the back to hear me clearly. Even during warfare, morally upright commanders or leaders of a conquering army always warn their soldiers against this disgusting act of one man taking another woman forcefully, because rape debases the person raped and even now some war lords in conflict ridden African Countries use rape as a weapon before killing the women (I think we have seen enough movies on this).
Of course we all have a relative type of moral code, I mean you and i do not share the sets of moral code. in essence what you may find morally comfortable doing, may conflict with the moral code of the other person. hence a lady indecently dressed may be against your moral code but does that mean we the rest of the society feels the same way? conceded, even if by some supernatural happenings, everyone in a society feels the same about the concept of indecent dressing, does that absolve the rape victim protection and getting restitution?
I believe we as a society need to re-evaluate our sense of justice and should not allow our personal bias cloud our judgment. It is okay to chastise the rape victim for putting him/herself in a situation (by his/her own actions or inactions) where he/she would be raped, however we should never forget the rapist or protect the rapist, we should never forget that the rapist deserves the worst punishment the society can find within the law when the rapist has had his/her day in court and found guilty, the rapist be should looked at with disgust, shame and treated as such too and not the victim.
Lastly, regardless of what society you belong to, religion you practice, sets of beliefs you adhere to or how naked and vulnerable a lady may appear, it can never excuse rape, it can never make it right for a person to forcefully take something so beautiful from another person, destroying the victims’ humanity.
When you get robbed and the armed robbers are caught, Society does not say “YOU WERE ROBBED BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO RICH”, no one makes excuses for the armed robbers, so why are you making excuses for rapist?