Now based on some feminist lies Delhi High court is wasting its time in determining if ‘Marital Rape’ needs to be considered as serious as ‘rape’. Those who were shouting a few years ago that ‘rape is a rape’, is now on the verge of being called a rapist. Because now feminists have found a rapist in every Indian household and soon Delhi HC can put its stamp on the same.
RIT Foundation And Marital Rape
RIT Foundation, a Delhi based NGO is behind this PIL, came to the court based on a bunch of lies. In their petition, they claimed – “It is further submitted that the Petitioner society decided to take up this case after having worked with vulnerable groups of married women in Delhi.”
A close look at their activities since their inception, however, tells a different story. The activities are undertaken by them since 2010 is listed below –
Nowhere in their activities in past several years, we find that they have ever worked with a married women’s group. Their foundation was for training special needs children and they have absolutely nothing to do with ‘marital rape’. An NGO, that is not even remotely involved in such matters is now in Delhi HC to change the law of this country based on their lies. PILs which needs to be data-driven is now being judged on emotions.
Can We Copy Marital Rape Law From Other Countries?
One of the reasons stated in favor of criminalizing MR in RIT petition is that other countries have criminalized it, so India also needs to do it. Study of different laws in other ‘civilized’ countries we find the following –
- Pissing in the sea is a crime in Portugal
- In Minnesota, Husband and wife can’t dry their underwire on the same wire
- Spitting and chewing bubble gum is a crime in Singapore
- In Oshwa, Ontario in Canada it’s illegal to climb trees
- In Victoria, Australia changing light bulbs without a license is a crime
- In Switzerland, Swiss men can’t pee standing after 10 PM, if they are living in an apartment building
- It’s illegal to feed pigeons in Venice, Italy
- In England, even pasting a postal stamp of the Queen’s image upside down is considered treason
- In Spain, driving with flip-flops are considered a criminal offense
- In Greece, wearing high heels is banned.
- Driving with headlights off in the daytime is an offense in Denmark.
- Women are stoned to death for adultery in Saudi Arabia.
So, now should we introduce these laws in India too?
When it comes to telling lies and showing victimhood, women NGOs and global organization like UN Women has always shown leadership. Some of these lies are in the marital rape PIL intervention filed by a FEMinized men’s group in Delhi HC.
Telling lies, the Lancet way
They have referred to a paper by British Medical Journal Lancet and claimed that the Lancet study showed 27.5 million women in India have suffered from sexual violence and 10% of all married women suffered marital rape in their lifetime.
A close look at the Lancet paper however clarified that it was a secondary research where all source of data was NFHS 3 survey and 27.5 million data was also their calculation. This data didn’t feature in NFHS 3 survey. Lancet study which was not a primary research is now shown to Delhi HC as a primary research through misrepresentation of facts.
This study also created another lie that only 1% victims of sexual violence report the crime to police and hence most of the rape cases go unreported because as feminists claim today, women don’t have adequate measures to file such cases.
This is a lie that figures in the petition of FEMinized men’s group, that works with UN Women and use men to work for women.
Their petition in Delhi HC says – “According to a report in British Medical Journal, Lancet as many as 27.5 million women in India have faced sexual violence and 10% of all married women experience sexual violence from their husbands”.
But in the Lancet paper available here, we find, “it is estimated to affect 27.5 million women in India and only 1% women report such cases”.
So, we find that both 27.5 million, and 1% comes for another ‘so-called’ research by Palemo and Peterman (2014). If we check the original research paper by Palemo and Peterman (2014), available here, we find this –
Clearly, both Lancet and Palemo and Peterman were confused about their findings and they reported different numbers at different places to create a lie. Others cross-referencing their studies only spreads the same lie and now that lie is part of the Marital Rape PIL.
One interesting point to note is that the paper by Palemo and Peterman (2014) was also not an independent fundamental research but their data was derived from National Health Surveys conducted in these countries. For India, their source was NFHS 3 survey conducted in 2005-06.
But whether it is 1% or 2.3%, when there are some women already reporting such crime to authorities, there already exists remedy for women. Then why is this new requirement of calling it ‘rape’ and destroying this society? Because the consequences that come along with a ‘rape’ charge is also huge and since this happens in the bedroom of a married couple, it becomes extremely difficult if not impossible to prove such crime.
But, the biggest danger of marital rape data as captured in NFHS 3 survey is elsewhere. I will discuss this in my next article, as I discuss how wives’ mood changes, tiredness and husbands’ overtures for sex were captured as Marital Rape in NFHS 3 survey by design.