Rapists are increasingly on the prowl

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 11 Aug 2017, 19:38:42
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Rapists are increasingly on the prowl

Nilratan Halder
An alarming rise in reported rapes over the past weeks has set many people thinking what has suddenly gone wrong with society. It is not the rising incidence alone but also the ways of victimising girls, students in particular, that are becoming a cause for serious concern. Each succeeding one seems to be more devious than the past one. When Tufan Sarker and his accomplices from Bogra used their money power and political influence to violate and humiliate a girl who was looking for an admission to a college, the outrageous incident drew widespread indignation and condemnation. Soon after this a 35-year man raped and killed a toddler just four years old, a daughter of his neighbour.

Before such chilling incidents of rape could fade, there are a series of rapes -murder or suicide on account of humiliation or in the face of humiliation not excluded. But two of those deserve particular attention. In one such incident a doctor used to go on pleasure trips with a girl pursuing her honours graduation in a Comilla college. On one such trip to Khulna, according to the girl, they got married there. On return from there, the two rented a room in Comilla and lived there for about six months. All this while, the girl pressed for taking her to his parents' home. He did not concede to the request. Then one day he left the girl in the rented house without leaving any message for her. On tracing him, the girl demanded her rightful place in his life and home but the doctor now denied any relationship with her.

The other one concerns a miserable life for a student of class VIII. On the death of her mother, her father married once again and this came as a tremendous shock to the girl. She had a facebook friend. A neighbour whom she called uncle wanted to help her meet the boy for whom she developed a weakness. So the girl secretly left her home with this uncle but the uncle took her to an abandoned house somewhere. There he used to rape her regularly. Before doing this the man coaxed or forced her to drink some soft drink mixed with sedative. Her father and brother thought she had escaped with her lover so they did not even made a general diary with the local police station. Someone spotted her in that abandoned house and then she was rescued from there. By this time, however, six months have elapsed.

It is not the spoil brats only but people in positions like doctors and teachers are now on the prowl for victims. Is society becoming full of rapists? Married persons like Tufan Sarker set their eyes on innocent underage girls in order to take sexual advantage. Sexual aggression together with guile and craftiness used to victimise women and girls is taking a turn for the worse. Girls and women are safe nowhere in this society. When a sense like this haunts them, it is based on the chilling sexual assaults that are being carried out with increasing frequencies. Does food have something to do with the irresistible sex drive now guiding sections of people irrespective of their social standing?

Life of people in all segments of society has now been influenced by cheap modes of entertainment. The so-called TV series, advertisements and cinemas are replete with prurient and gross taste. Reading books -serious books to be precise and think independently and deeply is not a habit with most people. Healthy cultural activities are limited to a select band of society. Sports and games too are confined to a few people. In a situation like this the lure of the obscene and perversion proves irresistible to most people. To incite this, there are money and entertainment gadgets of the latest varieties. Sexually insane minds look for satisfying their desire without considering the consequence. In a patriarchal and consumer society such aberrations are unlikely to get discouraged. Money can buy everything. They think girls and women are commodities and they can be purchased by money or prevailed upon by force. There lies the crux of the problem.
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