The most common excuse that men give for committing such crimes is based on it being a woman’s fault. It was the way she dressed, she shouldn’t have been out so late at night, what was she doing in the club if she wasn’t ‘asking for it’. These excuses are so redundant and so hypocritical that it makes one’s blood boil. The fallacy is seen by simply analysing the statements. If it was the way a woman dressed, women in burqas, salwaar kameez, and the holy sari wouldn’t be raped or molested. But these women are raped and molested too. If it was the time of the night, broad daylight would be safe. It is not.
The people who say women should stay at home to avoid such situations need to realise that women form 50% of the population. Are we really fine with putting 50% of the population under house arrest? Oh, and remember, women are raped and harassed at home too. ‘Home’ is not a safe space. Statistics show women are raped by their trusted family members and friends far more than by people who are strangers.
So, what can be attributed as the cause for rape? Rapists. There can be no way to possibly mitigate liability on the survivor/victims head, holding them responsible when the clear criminality of the offence lies with the rapist.