Rape or ‘NOT’ Rape: Analysis of (Six) Case Studies and Narrative of Victims

Vibha Hetu*

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The article has focused on six case studies. It analysed different scenarios in known offender rape cases, how the situation unfolded and led to serious consequences. The criminal justice system reacted to polarizing the offenders and victims, and thereby, creating greater dissension. The parents were deeply hurt by their daughters’ decision to form a relationship with a boy without informing them thus showing distrust in them. The fear of being ostracized by society and their norms persuaded them to take strict action against the boy in order to protect their honour. To reclaim their honour, they even got their daughter married to the rapist in one such case. Whether the daughter agreed or not is out of the question. Are these matters of being unfaithful to parents and/or hurt caused by their secret association with their boyfriend, or just a ‘false’ honour to be protected by subduing their daughter and also using the law to fulfil their ulterior motives; are questions to be delved into finding a solution to such common phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-261
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Victimology and Victim Justice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

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