Unheard Painful Voices

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By Akansha Singh

“I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?” This quote, by Laurie Halse Anderson , an American writer is as poignant as can be. The internet and newspapers are full of quotes and news related to rape of women. We live in a world where some of the words like “stereotypes”, “biasness”, “feminism”, and “women equality” are gaining traction.
The world where people are talking about equality, the governments of different countries are making efforts to bring equality in every aspect, so when a man is raped, why people rarely get to know about it? Or, is this not violating the question of equality, pointing towards the quote, there can be a quote like this also: “Did she rape my head too”? The same physical injury, trauma, emotional an issue if they are raped is caused to men too.
A man cries for help in the same way as a woman does; he feels the same pain when his clothes are torn and he goes through similar after-effects of , but what is different is he does not have people to fight for; he do not have newspapers to hear his voice and quotes to bear his pain. We have movies on rape of a woman, which serves as awareness but we do not have a movie on a rape of a man; our duty is also to spread awareness on this also. It’s a fact that we live in a male dominated world, but it does not mean that a male cannot be raped.
In recent case in India, in Mumbai , a 14 year boy was lured into a room near where he played cricket; a man then shut the door and window, and raped him. The boy died soon after, killed by the rat poison he consumed after the assault but we rarely know about this. Three women rape man for three days after drugging and kidnapping him in South Africa, Rees Mann, of the South African Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, said nearly 20 per cent of sexual violations reported were on men. He said: “Male victims are much less likely than females to report sexual abuse because police don’t take it seriously. “The bitter truth but saddest part is this that police do not take interest ,if lawmakers and police officers will not take interest then how will the public at large will take interest ,they will also treat it as an secondary or not useful thing to talk about. “End Rape, Stop Rapists” is a slogan that should be equally valid for men and women rape victims.

The author, a student of law, is also an aspiring writer. She can be reached at: as1845779@gmail.com