Police Debunk Woman’s Rape Charge Against Father-in-law

PANCHKULA: The police have termed as false the allegations of a 29-year old woman, of Sector-12, that she was raped by her father-in-law more than 2 years ago. This was revealed after police had initially registered a case and recorded her statement before the magistrate under section 164 of CrPC.

“The father-in-law is under 77 year old and remains unfit. For the last two years he has been suffering from Prostate Cancer. The rape allegations are false”, said sector 14 SHO inspector Sukhbir Singh.

Incidentally, the woman is undergoing a matrimonial dispute. The police remained inaccessible for the most part of the day, claiming that there were instructions from top brass. Five rape cases have been reported in January.

4,206 Fake Cases Filed in Jaipur in 2016

​JAIPUR: The Jaipur police have found that 4,206 fake cases were reported in Jaipur between 2015-16. In most cases, a false complaint was filed with an aim to extort money or defame a person to settle personal scores.

According to a senior police officer, these fake cases included allegations of harassment for dowry, molestation, cheating, and rape. These startling figures surfaces when Prafull Kumar, additional commissioner police (First) asked all DCP offices to provide details about cases where final report (FR) was found to be false.

“We have directed all DCPs to file a legal case against people involved in filing false case under Section 182 (IPC),” Kumar told TOI.

According to figures accessed by the TOI, maximum false reports, 1,417 were filed in Jaipur (East), followed by Jaipur (West) which found that 1,326 cases were false.

A senior official said that filing FIR in Rajasthan is not an arduous procedure unlike in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. “Rajasthan police immediately registers the FIR in cases related to rape, sexual harassment, molestation and dowry demand, which is a good step. But during subsequent investigation, we found the allegations were made merely to implicate a person in cases in order to extort money,” cops said.

The concerns of Jaipur police may not be out of proportion when one looks at the crime figures. For instance, Jaipur-East, one of the most crime prone police area of the city, disposed of 60 cases of rape, out of which 30 were found to be false.

“Our investigation revealed that 50% of cases filed under Section 376 were false. It’s a staggering figure which is unfortunate. The police stations are already overburdened with flood of cases, and we spend half of our times on probing cases which have no genuine ground,” a senior official told TOI.

Cops recall an incident where a 27-year- old girl alleged that she was sexually harassed by his 52-year-old landlord. A case was registered by the police, but the subsequent investigation revealed that landlord was asking the girl to pay the pending rent of three months, the girl decided to file a complaint in order to implicate the landlord.

Men are persecuted at every level, says founder of men’s rights organisation

​Even as Women’s Day celebrations continue, founder of a men’s rights organisation speaks about gender equality and laws, which he feels are skewed in favour of women

Even as International Women’s Day is marked and celebrated on 8th March every year and the party for women continues before and after the women’s day, Vaastav Foundation NGO president, Amit Deshpande (Vaastav is an umbrella body of men’s rights organisations), says that International Men’s Day, marked on November 19 does not have the visibility or marketing acumen of Women’s Day, “but is growing in significance every year.”

Dombivli-based instrumentation engineer Deshpande states that Vaastav Foundation was launched on November 19, 2013, for the different men’s rights groups in Mumbai, the Indian Family Foundation, Borivli; Protect Indian Family Foundation, Mulund; MASHAAL (Mothers And Sisters of Husbands Against Abuse of Law).
Though Vaastav has men’s rights groups under its wing, it is also an avenue for certain women’s forums such as the All India Mother-in-law Protection Forum, where women jailed in false dowry harassment cases and in false domestic violence cases have nowhere to go.
In an atmosphere charged with anger over the spate of sexual harassment cases towards women, Deshpande put the focus on false rape cases, which he says, “are being filed with impunity by some women. False sexual harassment cases affects the women of the wrongly accused as well. This is not women empowerment, but only empowerment of unscrupulous elements,” says the angry engineer with conviction.

EXCEPRTS FROM AN INTERVIEW:

Q. What are the most common complaints your organisation receives?

A. The maximum cases we get are about false dowry harassment and false domestic violence cases. Recently, there has also been a surge in the number of false cases of sexual harassment at workplace. Many men complain of facing abusive marriages, wherein the wife subjects them to domestic violence.

Q. Generally, what is the social strata of the male complainants?

A. There is no general pattern for these cases. People from all sections of society are affected.

Q. What do you do to help these people?

A. Once a case is filed, the biggest problem a man faces is that everyone looks at him with suspicion, he is persecuted at every level of the society — police, judiciary, media. Men need to be heard without judgement. We only provide them with emotional strength to fight the false cases.

Q. Do authorities/police listen to these complaints? Do victims find it difficult to get the police to file an FIR?

A. There is no law under which a man can report an incidence of domestic violence perpetrated by his wife. Usually, victims face ridicule and ostracisation at police stations. If at all the complaint is accepted, it is reported as a non-cognisable offence (NC).

Q. In Indian society, except in a few cases, it is still very much a man’s world…

A. Indian society always had the equilibrium for men and women. If women played the role of caretakers, men played the role of protectors/ providers. In case of natural calamities or wars, it was always assumed that men would protect women and children at all costs. In patriarchy, men had economic dominance, but women had emotional dominance. If a woman tied a string around a man’s wrist and called him her brother, she would get a protector for herself who was supposed to give his life for her safety. It never was only a man’s world as it is made out to be.

Q. Men are raping and molesting women, women are not harassing men…

A. It is a myth that women are not harassing men. Men get raped and sexually harassed, groped just as women do. We, as a society, need to wake up to reality. On December 4, 2012, the Cabinet cleared the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2010 which had made rape gender-neutral which means rape victims as well as perpetrators could be men or women. The Delhi rape case happened and the government brought the ordinance for rape law which still kept rape gender neutral. Later, some organisations protested and forced the government to make rape law gender biased.

Q. What about the Delhi rape case?

A. We sympathise with victims of all genders and all crimes, but we need to understand that most rape cases are sexual liaisons gone awry. If a couple has intercourse before marriage and the boy breaks the relationship then the female can file a rape case, which happens in most cases of rape complaints. This is also how in 98 per cent of the rape cases, the perpetrator is known to the victim.

Q. The Shakti Mills case?

A. Our society progresses upon creating competition between men. A man is judged by his manhood by being a protector/provider which he has to prove to be accepted as a real man. This concept also creates the ‘waste’ of the society who lose out in this competition. Such people live on the fringes of society and have their own dark alleys. The tea-vendor outside Shakti Mills said he is selling tea since past 15 years there but never had the courage to enter inside. This tells us that there are certain areas which are out of reach for both men and women. Until we stop measuring men based upon their achievements only, unfortunately such alleys will continue to exist. Shakti Mills case was one such incident.

Q. We still have a way to go before men and women are considered equals — gender statistics show this…

A. I disagree, which statistics show this? Every year, twice as many men commit suicide in India as compared to women. In our cities, more females are graduating from universities as compared to males. In industrial hazardous risks, it is 100 per cent male exposure. I can provide sources for all this data. The future is about gender equality in the true sense. It no longer can be accepted that one section keeps the rights and the other keeps responsibilities. It has to be divided equally.

This interview was published in Mid-Day on 09-Mar-2014.