Ugain Rao,G.D Goenka University:
Rape is defined under Section 375 of Indian Penal Code. It says “A man is said to commit “rape” who, except in the case hereinafter accepted, has sexual intercourse with a woman”. There are some circumstances attached to it which separate sex from rape.
The section defining rape does not talk about any sexual act against men. There are provisions only defining things which can be termed as rape only if caused to women. Does that mean a man cannot be raped? If yes, then can a woman be accused of doing it? What are the provisions in IPC which prevent women from abusing men sexually?
Section 377 of IPC says “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with 1[imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.” This section will be applicable only if there is penetration. Rape is more than just penetration to both men and women. Wide number of acts are defined as wrongful in case of women but only intercourse with a man is defined as a wrongful act in IPC. Everyone needs personal space and feel deprived of it when some other person forcefully tries to invade it.
When a man is forced to have sex by a woman it is not considered as a serious offence, in fact people call that man ‘lucky’. They are blackmailed by desperate women. After being raped, they are threatened to be charged for rape if they do not fulfil sexual desires of that woman in future. Every sexual act is not enjoyable for men. When it comes to sex, they are looked as desperate creatures. In this misconception, cries of men are ignored by the law. India requires neutral laws for both men and women. In our country, the number of women abused are more but that should not be a reason to ignore the men who have suffered. Justice should not be served on the basis of gender. Men feel equal disgust, physical pain, mental stress and trauma like women, when somebody touches them without consent.
There have been many cases in which men are abused by women. In one such case, a 16-year-old boy claimed that his best friend’s mother had been sexually assaulting him for the past three months. According to a report, the teenager, gone to meet his best friend in Chembur, Mumbai, where his friend’s mother spiked his soft drink which made him lose consciousness, stripped him, forced herself upon him and recorded the act. Here’s what happened next. She proceeded to blackmail the kid for the next three months, calling him to her house regularly. The boy’s father is quoted saying: ‘My child is in Standard 10 and has been a good student, but of late I saw a lot of changes in him. He looked scared and his health was deteriorating. Initially, he did not respond to my enquiries, but later he told us the whole thing. He said that the woman would also take him on outings. Moreover, she claimed that she was pregnant and that she would accuse him of rape if he ever told anybody what had happened.’
In another case, in Ghaziabad, last year a male student of the Delhi University was raped by the goons of his girlfriend’s father. Then, the girl’s father set dogs on the sodomised boy, rubbed salt and chillies into his wounds and left him to suffer.
There are numerous untold stories of boys which were abused in young age and still they suffer from mental disorders. Their past hangs along with them even after 20-30 years making them fail in life. It is time to take such matters seriously and prevent everyone from molestation.