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Wadakkanchery gangrape: Kerala, a land of rabid dogs and rabid men
Kerala, often touted as God's Own Country, seems to be grappling with two peculiar problems – rabid dogs running amok and attacking people on one hand and rabid men running amok and raping women, be they toddlers or octogenarians.

The Wadakkanchery case where a housewife was gangraped by municipal councillor Jayanthan and his friends revealed that there is little to distinguish between the dogs and such men. No relationship is sacrosanct to these men, otherwise how does one explain their cruelty towards the wife of their own friend? Friends, we believe, are those who care for us and help us in times of need. But in this case, the so-called friends betrayed a man's trust in the vilest manner possible.

And more horribly, we heard how the woman was asked the most offensive questions by the Peramangalam Circle Inspector Manikandan who has now been suspended. Apparently he wanted to know which of her rapists had given her the most pleasure! Is this man even fit to be in the police force? First of all, such crimes should be handled by all –women police stations. To make matters worse, the CPM Thrissur district secretary R Radhakrishnan revealed the name of the rape victim with the ridiculous argument that if the rapist's name is revealed so can the rape victim's.

One feels pity for the people of Kerala who have as leaders, such fools and knaves. It's high time the women of Kerala stood together, irrespective of party affiliations, and spoke out against such depraved men who bring shame to a state which has actually much to be proud of, be it its scenic landscapes, its high literacy rate, the friendliness, unique sense of humour and warmth of its people, its delicious cuisine , its beautiful women and much more.

Accusations have been leveled against the woman to the effect that she demanded money from the councillor. Going by Ms Bhagyalakshmi's account of what transpired during her meeting with the woman and the subsequent press conference where the woman's trauma and agony was there for all to see, this hardly seems likely. But then this is what women who dare to confront their male aggressors have to deal with. Why should we find it hard to believe that Jayanthan and his friends raped the woman when we have heard of other leaders and politicians doing the same thing? Women in India fear the stigma of rape than the actual rape so why would they lie about it publicly?

If the CPM is serious about the poll promises it made, it should ensure that the raped woman receives speedy justice. Jayanthan should be thrown out of the party and put in prison if he's found guilty. CI Manikandan should be dismissed from service, for as long as he is in charge of a police station, no woman can expect redressal for similar grievances. And as for R Radhakrishnan, he should go catch rabid dogs instead of doing what he does now. At least he will be doing less harm to his constituency.

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