The Chennai Gang Rape Proves That It Takes a Village… to Violate a Child

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The Chennai Gang Rape Proves That It Takes a Village… to Violate a Child

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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here come days when trying to make sense of something is almost impossible. Days when any attempts to inject emotion and anger into the keyboard, flattens into a self-loathing moan of existentialism. I felt the same way as details emerged of the horrifying gang rape in Chennai. As journalist Rohini Singh pointed out in a tweet, “An entire community got together to rape a child.”

On at least one occasion, I have demanded women to not generalise men – what a short-sighted response. There are cities in this country, like Delhi, that will die with blots like “rape capital” appended to their name. And then there are those like Chennai, perennially branded the good city, a place of kacheris and culture and filter coffee, where none of this happens. This is where we make the most crucial mistake of evaluating people by statistics, and humans by culpability. But maybe perversity is a generalisation we should make – that we should assume that we are all monsters – if we are to stop those most degenerate.

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