I live in India’s rape capital where rape cases are as common as power cuts used to be a few years ago. Even reports of police misbehaviour have become routine.
While all rape cases do not get media attention, the recent rape of a five-year-old girl is in the limelight, especially because of the way the police handled the case.
Video footage showed an officer pushing and slapping a woman protester (watch here), and reports alleged that investigators offered the victim’s family money to not file a case. The man who slapped the woman and two more officials have been suspended for lapses.
“This is nothing new … these are individual aberrations,” said Rajan Bhagat, public relations officer at Delhi Police, adding that the suspensions and the institution of an inquiry is a message to the police force.