Rape culture?

Without bothering with the obvious condemnation of this very personal crime, what is the real situation in India as far as rape goes?

The high profile press pieces tell a story about a culture of rape in India, but the press has to sell their news and have been known to exaggerate more than a few times.

This could well be a concern for any potential lady expats, so can posters over there tell us what the real situation is?
Is it a minor issue with a lot of press hype, or is there a serious problem; if so, is that limited to one section of the population or is it considered acceptable in general?

It is accepted in the North Indian patriarchal societies where women are looked down upon as inferior to men.
That's why most of the high profile rape cases happen in the Northern parts of India as the perpetrators feel justified by their patriarchal societies.

You're saying rape is considered fine because women are seen as a lower life form. What's the difference between north ans south?

I would say a rare case and hyped by media. I have stayed in India for 25 years and believe quite safe for. I have stayed from north,south and west of india

I would advise not to roam alone on highways were a mis happ could be avoided if any.

If you can share which part of India are you travelling then we can further advise if any precaution should be taken or not.


I beg your pardon rape isnt a culture in India(North or South) or anywhere.

If 1 out of lakhs does a dumb act it doesn't mean you can generalize it Mr. and it isnt a culture of us or accepted by a society clarify your statistics before putting a stain on one's image.


It is a wrong conclusion based on one guy's personal opinion which is not a fact.

I dont believe they have a lower form of life but what ppl in general around globe say that men are muscluar and  women are feminine and not strong as men that's it nothing more or less.

I am pretty sure from population perspective more women are in northern region and safe.

Let's look at the statistical data. All the horrendous rapes reported in the media are from the North. You can pick up any newspaper and read about this. This information is out in the public domain. Rape of women and honour killings are a common place in the Northern parts of India.
It is not my personal opinion but rather concrete observations based on strong evidence.
South Indian societies are essentially matriarchal where women tend to enjoy equal status and even wield more influence on key decision making in the family whereas the patriarchal North Indian families expect the woman to be subservient to the man's will.
There is a regressive system of veils prevalent amongst North Indian women where a married woman must drape her face fully with a veil. It is called Ghoonghat.
You don't find that ritual anywhere amongst South Indian women.
Women deserve to be treated with respect. But that respect percolates right down to the grassroots only when the society in which women live in, accords them that respect.

Veil use seems to be spread over four religions, but seems to be pretty much restricted to some areas, all Hindi speaking.
That suggests he veil is a local cultural thing, not a religious thing.
If the rape culture is even close to as bad as it's painted in the press, I get the idea it's restricted to these same areas.
The language map for Hindi follows the earlier suggestion the north of India has the rape problem.
Perhaps someone with local knowledge could note the towns where newsworthy rapes have occurred, then we can see if the theory is likely to hold water.

Ah, Mr Googles is my friend.
Whilst there is a clear problem in many areas, the vast majority seem to be in the north.

As a note to posters ...

The forum is here to assist expats in various ways, so this thread is here as a tool to help any potential lady expats gain information about this difficult issue, and nothing more.
It isn't an Indian bashing thread, nor is it there to defend India, just to explore the problem and keep potential lady expats informed.


Well your statistcal data is out of date 2011 we are living in 2016.

Point# 2 it says number of reported cases which means even if some bad had happen people went to filled case if you know india that well for a indian lady her respect is most imp and therefore many dont file cases which happen so in north people dare to outgo infront of society that will not tolerate a bad thing.

For you latest information if it is really so unsafe that it appears it to you. As i said earlier population is more in north than in south so just showing number of cases doesnt give you a clear pic,

I am a north india lived for 20 years and 5 years in south and indian by origin so i can say i have seen and know more than you.

And if you talk about 'Ghoonghat' which  is applicable to only Hindu religion women is same as hijab in Islam or a nun in Christianity does it imply that women are inferior i dont think so. If you understand culture from 10000 years of india women are cultured to wear a ghoonghat unlike west wear a women can be in bikni or etc infront of whole family. Culture difference which you should know in a new country.

The reason i am sharing it as i have stayed in Lucknow, Allahabad,kanpur,delhi,gurgaon,noida,chandigarh,hyderabad,pune,bangalore,mumbai,pondecherry,jammu,bhopal,indore and many other cities and i am sure i have covered almost quite much in india wrt to different regions.

It is not so common. There are incidents reported every now and then but it is really safe to be in india.

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