Why Men Rape: An Indian Undercover Investigation


Author: Tara Kaushal

9789353577278 | PB | pp. 326 | 2020 | HarperCollins Publishers

Why Men Rape helps us to understand the problem of sexual violence crippling Indian society today and a way to stop it.

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India has been ranked among the worlds most unsafe countries for women based on yardsticks of sexual and non-sexual violence, human trafficking and gender discrimination. How did we reach here? In Why Men Rape, Tara Kaushal sets out to understand the reasons through a detailed investigation which includes interviews and meetings with nine men who have an inclination to commit acts of sexual violence.

The men interviewed for the book belong to all sections of society — a doctor who rapes his twelve-year-old patient; an unemployed youth who has decided to kill his former lover; a youth who gang rapes; a serial gang rapist who doesn’t believe rape exists. Alongside, the author gives insights from myriad survivors; world-famous experts; a jail inmate who observes and provides us with commentary on the principles of rape convicts inside a prison; and many more.

It also talks about how hypersexualized mainstream cinema; prejudiced media coverage of rape cases; the explosion of pornography; and other historic and current factors have become collaborative agents in causing gender violence in India. At a time when sexual violence is crippling our society, Why Men Rape marks an important contribution towards making us aware of the problem and finding a way to stop it.


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About the Author

The author is a writer and media consultant who lives in Mumbai, India and Gold Coast, Australia. She was recognized for her incisive journalism and social commentary and was awarded the Laadli Media Award for gender-sensitive writing in 2013-4. In 2018, she was awarded a Femina Women Super Achiever Award. As the growing conversation about gender violence is getting more meaningful and nuanced, Kaushal is one of the voices at its forefront in India.


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