The latest news that is absolutely revolting is the allegation that Shiney Ahuja, an actor in the Hindi film industry, had raped his own housemaid in his own house in his own matrimonial bed. The interesting part was that the rape is alleged to have occurred when none was around and none heard anything indicating any distress when the alleged rape is said to have been committed. The fact as to whether a rape had taken place or not is not my concern in this blog as much as the statement said to have been made by Shiney Ahuja’s wife Anupam Ahuja.
“EVEN WOMEN COULD COMMIT RAPE !”
In this vast country of over 1.2 billion people, if one were to go by individual opinions, there would be no way of arriving at any conclusion. So i take recourse to the good old Macaulay’s Indian Penal Code of 1860, which defines rape as under:-
A man is said to commit “rape” who has sexual intercourse with a woman under circumstances falling under any of the six following descriptions: –
First: – Against her will.
Secondly: –without her consent.
Thirdly: – With her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in whom she is interested in fear of death or of hurt.
Fourthly: –With her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband, and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married.
Fifthly: – With her consent, when, at the time of giving such consent, by reason of unsoundness of mind or intoxication or the administration by him personally or through another of any stupefying or unwholesome substance, she is unable to understand the nature and consequences of that to which she gives consent.
Sixthly: – With or without her consent, when she is under sixteen years of age.
Explanation: – Penetration is sufficient to constitute the sexual intercourse necessary to the offence of rape.
Macaulay missed something which has been so prominently pronounced in the Bible. He was obviously making laws for the native Indians and his efforts to codify the criminal laws in England miserably failed.
I have excerpted here below the verses from the Book of Genesis Chapter 19 : 30-36. The Bible besides being Scripture inspired by God for man’s edification, is also compendium of human affairs, which covers an extensive period that one could take recourse to it for history and facts too.
19:34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, [and] lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
The incident clearly spells out that MEN could be raped AGAINST THEIR WILL, CONSENT & UNDER FORCED INTOXICATION. Macaulay who was given to much reading of the Bible and the influence therefrom had conveniently ignored this incident and made RAPE possible only by MEN.
As the law stands today, there is very little scope for the Courts to interpret RAPE as a gender neutral issue. The perpetrator has to be a man and a man only. It is the absolute responsibility of the MALE to preserve his genitals from being salaciously predated by lustful women, as, if semen is found in the vaginal smear of the complaining woman the man would be left without a defence.
Therefore, Anupam Ahuja’s interpretation that the rape was committed by the house maid on her innocent husband may be a possibility, in the realm of possibilities, but cannot be sustained in law. Citing movies like AITRAAZ, is interesting and may appeal to the movie smitten rabble, but carries very less weight.
Anupam Ahuja should have known that when a man is left alone with a woman, as per the in-built mechanism of life, HIS TASTE DECLINES & HIS APPETITE ENHANCES.
Assuming that sex had taken place with the consent of the maid, it is nothing new that after the very act, the woman might regret having lost something and to gain publicity could have said that the act was without her will and without her consent. She has nothing MORE to lose. Aided by those WOMEN’S organization to egg her on to sustain the tempo to enhance their visibility.
In any case Shiney’s future in the industry or otherwise, doesn’t seem so shiny, as the allegation is made by a person whose standing in the society is more likely to elicit sympathy for the maid.
BAD CAREER MOVE, SHINEY!! (who would love to be paired with a man who had slept with his servant maid? Yes, Beckham would have had it with his baby sitter, but Shiney is no Beckham and Anupam is no Spice Girl either!!!)