Are women responsible for rape?

Published Jan 21, 2013 03:09am

ONE of my male friends shared a post on his Facebook wall which I would like to share with readers. The post states: “Men should be offended when someone claims that women should prevent rape by not wearing certain things or not going to certain places or not acting in a certain way.”

“That line of thinking presumes that men are incapable of control. That they are so uncivilised that it takes extraordinary effort for them to walk down the street without raping someone. They require that a certain dress code be maintained, that certain behaviours be employed so that maybe, just maybe, they won’t rape someone today.

“It presumes that their natural state is rapist (unknown).”

This friend of mine has more than 500 friends in his friend list (with educational backgrounds of doctors, engineers, civil servants), most of them are male. And whenever he shares a post, it is ‘liked’ by 20 to 30 men within an hour but it has been more than 20 days since he shared the above-mentioned post, yet there is not a single person who ‘liked’ it just to show his approval/support or affirmation/agreement for the post.

This reflects that male chauvinism is so deeply internalised by our society that they consider it to be below their dignity to even ‘like’ a post that is in favour of women. It also shows that  men in their minds hold women responsible for rape cases.

Moreover, it appears that out of 500 men, only one (who shared it) has enough guts to favour the fairer sex. If this is the ratio of our educated men regarding such issues against women, what can we expect from our uneducated class?


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Comments (9) (Closed)

Jan 21, 2013 07:47am
Allah in His Absolute wisdom has ordained a code of conduct for both men and women in the Quran The Creator alone knows His creation. Hence better not to question His Instructions with our feeble minds and seek guidance and acceptance instead
Jan 21, 2013 09:49pm
Nothing in this world is black and white, just shades of grey. A murderer can be driven to kill,
malik nawaz
Jan 21, 2013 07:50am
Thank you MOMINA, you hit on the nail. We MEN must know that murder is murder so as rape is rape, no matter how you justify. Human being has this animal instinct which is what differentiate us with other humans, end of the day it all about punishment, in this world by effective law and order and here after by Allah. In western world rape happens all the time but chances of getting caught is high and the rapist get caught will be punished accordingly. In our countries we suffer from our good old culture, law and order and no one wants to change or bothered about it. Our culture I meant politicians, landlords, mullahs and so called leaders.
Jan 21, 2013 04:20pm
Allah Subha na wa taalla has asked women to cover them selves and men not even to look to a na mehrum woman. There is no justification for a man to look a woman and then commit rape.
kamaljit Singh
Jan 21, 2013 01:05pm
True but animals never indulge in this human nature of rape.Only humans do it. Not animals.
Anoop Hallimala
Jan 21, 2013 08:41am
Hope the person in question won't mind if I steal the quote? That's a great line.. I couldn't have put it better..
Mirza Imran Ahsan
Jan 21, 2013 01:03pm
Rape is no different than becoming a beast and preying on weak person. A woman is very weak by constitution of her body compared to a man. A beastly man can take her advantage through such an action to humiliate her, and such beastly behaviour should be addressed by society rather focussing on women's wadrobe. The religious clergy of Pakistan have failed to teach the moral values to men, they are more interested in declaring Kafirs
Jan 21, 2013 07:51am
Maybe there should be dislike button on facebook.
Jan 21, 2013 11:08am
what instructions, could you please educate us ?