In the case of rape, such as the tragic story of the Banani case, we as a nation must understand that the blame lies on the perpetrators alone.
More often than not, it is the victims of these rapes who find themselves under the spotlight.
They are asked questions which have no bearing on the case at hand: Why did they go? What was their sexual history? What were they wearing?
Yes, accusations of the rape are serious, and they should be investigated to the full extent of the law.
But these questions have no bearing on such investigations.
These questions serve to justify the act of rape, which is an act that is inherently unjustifiable.
In no other type of case are questions such as these asked. Do we do the same for thefts, muggings, or murders?
We do not.
What is disheartening is that many people, even from law enforcement, fall into similar avenues of questioning.
No. This is not how you investigate a rape case.
The only thing that matters is to prove that the suspects in question actually carried out the act. Why they did it is not relevant.
A nation cannot progress if the women who call themselves citizens are treated thus.
Is it any wonder, then, that so few women come forward?
Is it any wonder that so many cases of rape go unreported?
This kind of thinking merely serves to propagate the culture of rape that exists in our country.
We need to move away, and move forward from this kind of thinking.