An open letter to BBC by an Indian on citing the country as ‘Rape Capital’

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    Two stories related to rapes have made headlines in the past week. One of them was by the documentary of BBC on India’s Daughter on December 16, 2012 Delhi gang-rape and second was lynching of a man who was dragged out of a jail and killed brutally by a mob in Nagaland for raping a local girl allegedly. The responses of these two incidents have shown us many shades of hatred on India’s quest for justice.

    In addition to this, a German professor Annette Back-Sickinger rejected visa for an Indian student to do intern, citing the reason as he belongs to the country of rapists. However, she apologized later and gave an explanation for rejecting the visa.

    Also read: German Professor Apologises For ‘Rape Problem’ Email To Indian Student

    But how far it is fair to blame the entire nation for rapes and make its citizens embarrassed? Here is a response from an Indian citizen, Nikhil Chandwani to British Broadcasting Corporation for its documentary and of course for everyone who are blaming India as a rape capital.

    Respected BBC,

    Oh hey, let me get something straight. You are mocking India. I do not support rape, and it is certainly an unholy crime. But, the hypocrisy shown is unbelievable. Projecting India as a “rape capital” and “most unsafe country for woman” is hypocrisy. Survey suggests the following.

    Rate of rape per 10000 population as per 2010 across globe:

    South Africa: 132.4

    Botswana: 92.5

    Sweden: 63.5

    UK: 28.8

    Australia: 28.6

    USA: 27.3

    India: 1.8

    INDIA IS NOT A RAPE CAPITAL. “Unity in diversity” – these are not just words, but something that are highly applicable to a country like India that is incredibly rich in culture and heritage. A few quotations or statements cannot describe the pedestal that India holds on to the world map because of its colourful and unique culture. From the times of Mauryas, Cholas and Mughals to the period of British Empire, India has always been famous for its traditions and hospitality. The warmth in the relations and euphoria in celebrations make the country stand out distinctively in the global fraternity. The country’s liveliness and generosity attract a number of tourists to its vibrant culture which is an amalgamation of religions, festivals, food, art, crafts, dance, music and many other subtle things. Everything, from the culture and values to customs, rituals and traditions, is ‘special’ in this ‘Land of Gods’. Culture of India.

    Please visit my country, enjoy the culture and then publish your opinion. You know, there is a big difference between judging and sharing opinion. Stop judging us.

    (Dr.) Nikhil Chandwani

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