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The Quint’s #WhatAfterRape: Filming & Blackmail On The Rise 

More and more rapes are being filmed and used as a weapon to blackmail the survivor. 

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An anti-rape protest. Photo used for representational purpose. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

The Quint’s #WhatAfterRape campaign (which you may have come across as the #FightingRape campaign), aims to create a discussion around the aftermath of rape. We are going to try to understand various aspects like: What happens to the victim, the victim’s family, how do they deal with the stigma, so on and so forth.

As part of our campaign, <b>The Quint</b> will track rapes reported everyday for a year. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Abhipsha)
As part of our campaign, The Quint will track rapes reported everyday for a year. (Photo: The Quint/Abhipsha)
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As part of the campaign we are going to report rapes, everyday for a year. Based on the data we’ve complied, we observed a rise in a particular kind of rape.

Filming of the rape and blackmailing.

Out of the 31 rapes reported by The Quint in August, in 5 of the cases, the accused blackmailed the survivor by threatening to make obscene photos or videos of the rape viral on social media.

Out of the 65 rapes reported by The Quint in September, in 4 of the cases, the survivor had been blackmailed with photos or videos and 4 were threatened with dire consequences if they talked about the incident.

For example, a 23-year-old woman in Bengaluru was raped by her boss during an office trip. The boss had filmed her while she was bathing and threatened to show it to her husband.

A minor girl was offered spiked juice at a friend’s party. The accused took turns to rape her when she was unconscious and then threatened to make photos of her viral on social media if she told anyone.

A 15-year-old girl was raped after she was blackmailed by the accused, who threatened that if she did not meet him, he would throw acid on her. The accused also filmed the act and took indecent photos of the girl.

Why Film It?

There could be many reasons for wanting to film the crime. The most obvious one is of course, to blackmail. Rape is a taboo in our country, more so in rural areas. If the rape is filmed, the accused can use it to increase his chances of getting away with it.

Another reason could be humiliation. In a lot of rape video cases, it is seen that these are circulated amongst the people the survivor knows — her family, friends and the village she belongs to.

The sale of these videos as a business begins much later. To no one’s surprise and everyone’s disgust — they get a fair share of views too. This just falls into another category of porn — like violent porn; so rape porn.

The 2015 Google Trends data, as published by The Times of India, in October, shows that six of the top 10 cities in the world keying in ‘porn’ on the search engine are in India. More importantly, since 2008, ‘Rape porn’ was found to be a widely searched term in Kolkata, Howrah, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Pune, accounting for the highest use of these keywords. Unnao, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, has most searches for ‘child sex’.
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Laws You Should Know About

A notice was issued to the Ministry Of Information and Technology by the Supreme Court in December, last year to stop the circulation of such clips.

The accused can be booked under the following, for circulation of the rape videos:

Section 67 (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and 67A (Punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act, etc., in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act, 2008.

The Quint wishes to find out more about the rape videos industry. Follow our campaign on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

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