Indian army using rape as weapon in IHK, Manipur: Arundhati Roy

Indian army using rape as weapon in IHK, Manipur: Arundhati Roy

 

New Delhi, December 24, 2012 (PPI-OT): Prominent Indian writer and human rights activist, Arundhati Roy has said that Indian army and police are using rape as a weapon against people in Kashmir and parts of India like Manipur. Speaking on the issue of Delhi rape incident during a media interview in New Delhi, she said, “When rape is used as means of domination by the Upper Caste, army and police, it is not even punished.”

She said that rape was ‘legitimately’ being used as “there are laws which protect them when they do it.” Arundhati Roy questioned why the Indians did not demand death punishment for the perpetrators of such crimes in occupied Kashmir. “Rape is seen as a matter of feudal entitlement in many parts of India, and this case has come to light because the woman victim belongs to an affluent middle class,” she added.

Arundhati Roy said that attitudes towards women needed to change in India, because a change in the law only will protect middle class women, but “the violence against other women who are not entitled will continue”.

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