Written by Poonam Pandey
New Delhi: Do Indian girls lie about sexual attacks? Do they complain only when the crime happens? The SC recently ruled that no woman will lie about social assault given the social stigma attached to it. However, many rape cases have proven false later.
A 2 judge bench of the SC observed that the Indian society is not as modern as the western countries. A woman victimized by a sexual attack is so much afraid of social criticism that resorts to lodging a complaint only as a last resort. She complains only if the offense has actually taken place. But in many cases the women themselves have ripped apart this confidence of the SC. Recently in September 2009, Delhi Sessions judge Nivedita Anil Sharma ordered criminal proceedings to be initiated against a woman and her daughter as the duo had trapped a man in a false rape case and later retracted.
An activist fighting for support of industrialization in Jaipur was trapped in a rape case by a woman, however later, polygraph tests proved her wrong. In 2008, a woman in Panaji implicated her neighbor accusing him of rape and fathering her child. Later DNA tests proved that the father of the child was someone else. In April 2009, Delhi police arrested a 38 year old woman who used to trap men in false rape cases and extort money from them. She was a member of a gang.
All India Men’s Welfare Association’s founder member Virag Dhulia’s views on these false cases and SC’s statement that creating an atmosphere that a woman does not lie will lead to oppression of men. The courts are giving yet another weapon in the hands of women which they can misuse against men and false cases will rise with this.
SC Advocate Meenakshi Lekhi observes that whatever the court said was from generic points of view that in most such cases women don’t lie. If one out of thousand women is lying then it also means that others are speaking truth. Women’s Activist Anjali Sinha says that we must support whatever the court said. Exceptions are there in every matter. Anyways only 4 out of 100 rape cases are registered. In such a situation we need to create an atmosphere in favor of women. This way the complainant will get inspiration to come forward and complain. Otherwise the accused will try from the very beginning to prove the case as false.