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A Scenario of Digital Rape in India

Digital Rape is a term used to classify cases of rape. In the case of digital rape, the perpetrator used his finger or fingers to violate and force the sexual act upon the victim. In simple terms, a person is accused of Digital rape when the perpetrator used his/her finger or fingers to penetrate the vagina of the victim without her consent.

Rape is a very odious crime. And this term was coined in order to protect young women from the imposition of simple words. Though before 2013, our Supreme court didn't have any law that provided justice to the victims of Digital rape. This was because there was no term such as digital rape before 2013.

2 year old digitally raped in Mumbai

In Mumbai, a 2-year-old girl was brought bleeding to the hospital. On examination, doctors found that her vagina was ruptured, though there weren't any sign of sexual assault or rape.Though, it was later found that her father was penetrating the little girl with his fingers. He was arrested but he was not punished or charged under Section 376 of the IPC which deals with rape crimes.

60 year old digitally raped in Delhi

In another incident which was occurred in Delhi, a 60 years old woman was sexually assaulted by an auto rickshaw driver,who used an iron rod to penetrate the 60 years old passengerwho was visiting her relative's wedding. Again, the driver was arrested but wasn't convicted under Section 376 of the IPC.

This pointed out the various loopholes in Section 376 of the IPC which deals with rape crimes, as the crimes committed under digital rape � which basically involved violation of a female's dignity using fingers, foreign objects or any other part of the human body, were not considered as a crime under any section.

But knowing that there are other ways that a man can use to violate a woman or child's dignity. Supreme Court had to make some changes to their definition of rape. keeping all the above cases and heinous instances of crime, the definition of rape were extended in 2013.
According to this new definition, rape is considered as an act of forcefully penetrating a woman's vagina, mouth, anus or urethra by a penis, any foreign object or any other part of the body.

In many reports, it has been made clear that 70% of the time, the person who offended the modesty of a woman or violated the dignity of a child, are someone who they knew personally. Usually, these crimes are committed by the people who are close to the victim. Cousin, close friend, uncle (other relatives), neighbors' and in some cases their own father came out to be accused.

29% of the time the offender was someone whom the victim knew through their social circle. Someone they knew through their friends or work circle. Or someone they are meeting for the first time through a date. You must feel strange knowing that only 1% of cases registered in which the offender was a stranger.

Just because they are not violating her body with their penis, criminals try to digitally rape women and children. Government finds it hard to treat these cases under the rapist law of India. Though, the new changes were made soon. It guaranteed to offer proper protection to females against these barbaric acts of criminals.

The loopholes in Section 376 of the IPC

This pointed out the various loopholes in Section 376 of the IPC which deals with rape crimes, as the crimes committed under digital rape � which basically involved violation of a female's dignity using fingers, foreign objects or any other part of the human body, were not considered as a crime under any section. But knowing that there are other ways that a man can use to violate a woman or child's dignity. Supreme Court had to make some changes to their definition of rape. keeping all the above cases and heinous instances of crime, the definition of rape were extended in 2013.

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