Why do rapist rape?

Posted on September 11, 2014

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As the deliberations continue regarding the reforms to be brought into the existing rape laws, no one actually cared to think of the accused or the convicted criminal.  A popular logic would say that why should we care to think about a person who acted no less than an animal. But in a country which guarantees human rights to each and every of its citizen, it’s important to even consider the same for the criminals.

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Did anyone of us ever cared to ask a rapist, why did he rape? Once a person commits a heinous crime, we condemn it and leave it up to the system to in route to justice. But what we fail to realize is that a convicted criminal, after completing his/her tenure in the prison, returns back to the society. But when he does return, is he/she reformed? What effect would the punishment have on the convict? Will it reform him morally or make him sicker mentally and socially? We never care to think of it.

An American journalist, under the pen-name Doon, went up to a few rapists and asked them why do they rape? His question was very simple; why do rapists rape when we have prostitutes offering their body?  Some replied by saying that rape is free, whereas prostitutes cost some money. But many, mainly serial rapists replied back saying that they rape because it ‘feels good’.

So basically, even if this is a case study from America, one thing is very clear. There are reasons as to why one commits such a crime. And reasons can be economic or psychological. Hence to make sure a safe society for women, we must understand these reasons, try to change them, and when they come out, how changed are they? No one really cares.

None of us actually care to talk about the rape convicts. No one talks about the reform measures to be taken in order to bring a change into the convict’s mentality. What we talk about is punishment, from being hanged to chemical castration.

Death penalty in the rarest of the rare cases is acceptable, but what effect would something like chemical castration have? Will it eradicate the mindset that makes a person rapist? Will it reform him once he is back? No one really cares to bother about it.

Very little has been discussed about a therapeutic approach to the whole situation.  It should be well stressed on the fact that all the convicts needs to have therapy session to determine their mind set and make sure that when we come out of the prison, they have actually reformed.

To establish a safe society, legal methods are just not enough. Various socio-economical and psychological facts should also be considered. To prevent rapes from being committed, it is equally important for us to understand why a rapist rape and reforms need to be taken care of as to how to go about bring in a change into their mentality.

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