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Men, Masculinity and Sexual Violence
Ranjita Biswas

Suddenly our country seems to be in the grip of an epidemic of different sorts. Every single day reports of rape pour in –rape of minors͌ gang rape of adult women͌ rape in a moving vehicle͌ rape followed by killing and so on. While one struggles to come to terms with the heinousness of each incident͌ a new debate has come to occupy us. Is the recent spurt in the incidence of sexual violence a result of increased reportage (and thereby a certain level of de-stigmatization around sexual violence) or is the incidence of sexual violence against women increasing by leaps and bounds? The debate continues but what is also gradually becoming evident is the fact that sexual violence͌ whether on the rise or not͌ is definitely coming to take up different contours every day. This fact has compelled many͌ including academics͌ social science researchers͌ activists and professionals to revisit once more͌ the causes and motivations behind it.

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