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It’s high time Indian laws recognise that males can get raped as well

New Delhi: Despite multiple shocking cases of male sexual abuse, rape laws don’t make enough room for male victims under the Indian Penal System. Perhaps this is why male victims are often terrified to come forward majorly because of the typical gender stereotypes that we have inherited for centuries including societal shame and a lack of legal recourse.

And now when we come to think of it, why there would be a law for this when there is no strict law for sexual violence against women in this country?

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2018, 109 children were sexually abused in India every day. and the data on crimes against women is even harder to gulp. However, one aspect of this major issue is always missing from such records which are male sexual abuse.

The majority of sexual violence cases against men have been reported from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Nothing changed after the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, even after so many promises were made at that time.

In fact, the situation is not only the same but has gone even worse for women including teen girls let alone for boys.

Last week, India saw a sickening attack from Seelampur area in Delhi, where a 12-year-old boy was allegedly gang-raped, beaten, and thrashed by a group of his friends who even inserted a rod into his genitals. The boy died of complications from his injuries early Saturday morning at the Lok Nayak Hospital, hospital authorities and police said.

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal even said that ‘not even boys are safe in Delhi’.

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