Without police and judicial reform, the December 16 rape convictions may remain a unique result of public outrage and pressure mounted by the women’s movement.
Normally, rape cases take six to eight years to come to trial. There are more than 90,000 rape cases pending trial as I write this. For those that finally come to trial, the conviction rate is below 4 per cent. In fact, the same judge who has convicted the rapists this time has acquitted charged rapists in all the other 32 rape cases that he has tried. Continue Reading.