The two policemen, in their mid-20s, were posted on duty during the Ahmedabad gay pride march held on December 1st, in which the victim had participated. Today as the man was returning to his car, the policemen recognized and accosted him, asking if he had taken part in the march (images of the victim were seen on the print and electronic media which had covered the pride march). On his confirmation, the cops demanded to see his license and papers and started hurling abuses at him. The victim protested and tried to get away, but the cops started beating him up with sticks and forced themselves on him, abusing him all the time and remarking ‘jab poori duniya se marwai hai, toh humse bhi marwa le’ (when you have got fucked by the whole world, then get fucked by us too) . The man returned home battered and bruised with multiple wounds on his body. The cops were not drunk and were in full control of their senses.And of course all the ugly echoes of your regular, garden variety rapes. “If you have se that we don’t approve of, that means we get to rape you.” Then that gand marwana bringing in that near mandatory touch of “you got yourself fucked, we are only doing what is normal for you” victim blaming. The only difference is that Section 377 in this case is somewhat like Pakistan’s Hudood laws, where a woman making a complaint of rape is guilty of adultery by default. Few rapes get reported. With Section 377, we will be able to wipe out gay rape here. Not reported, doesn’t exist. Law doing no harm. Who cares what blackmail and assault and hate happens outside the courtroom? Now I come to the point of this ugly post. Two cops raped a man. The “two” is important, because it is an act done by agreement, each cop witness to his partner in crime. Not something they thought they needed to hide. I don’t want to go on a rant at this stage, because if I go, I don’t know if and when I’ll stop and the whole post will be unreadable. I want to point out that the Supreme Court has just opened a whole new gay rape “scene”. Gay men, being illegal cannot disclose their identity without facing risk and further prejudice. Naturally by the Supreme Court of the country declaring them illegal, the act of coming out of the closet itself is now complicated when it comes to explaining to their usually ignorant families how they are criminals if who they are is not wrong. On the other hand, reporting gay rape has become tougher. Section 377 had exactly one halo – with rape laws not caring about men being raped (and such monumental ignorance on such a high level is difficult to imagine) – Section 377 is used to punish it, because it is “unnatural sex”. A gay man getting raped would basically be violating that same law. And we are back to the central problem with our gender rights in India. There is no difference between consent and lack of it. Only what the alpha male mind finds “right”. In my view, in Supreme Court should be prosecuted for this rape, because without the victim filing a complaint, the policemen cannot be arrested, and we have successfully shielded two rapists in uniform.
Founder at Aam Janata
Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.
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