It is our convenient, shifting attitudes to rape, our unrelenting focus on the victim, not the crime, that makes us all complicit. That an elected head of a state is part of this mob makes it tragic
Victim blaming is not new. Survivors continue to be asked what they were wearing, why they were out, and why they didn’t put up a strong enough fight. They continue to be subjected to banned practices like the two-finger test. If the case ever reaches court, they are asked humiliating questions; sexual history, for instance (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
The death of a 14-year-old girl on the night of April 4 in West Bengal’s Nadia district after attending the birthday party of 21-year-old Braja Gopal, son of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Samarendra Gayali, has sparked a political storm.