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We must stop spreading 'rape myths' by blaming internet for increased number of rapes!
Of late, a lot of minor girls, aged from 2 to 11 years, had been abducted and raped in Rajasthan and these girls have been undergoing an extreme trauma and shock.

However, some political leaders have blamed the internet for increase in the number of such rapes involving abduction of minor girls and raping them. Many activists have condemned such remarks and demanded improved governance and safety for girls.

It is common that many politicians, family elders, community leaders and at times even judges and teachers blame the internet as the reason of increase in number of rape cases. However, a lot of reasonable people feel that such views are nothing but blaming the victim for inviting rape instead taking action to punish the offender.

Some psychologists and therapists believe that those who blame internet for increase in number of rape cases aid further increase in number of rapes by spreading 'rape myths' by indirectly favouring the offenders and perpetuating the distorted attitudes about women in the society, said a Jaipur-based female social psychologist.

Even some research studies suggest that internet does not cause sexist views, rather who already have sexists view seek more of pornography on the internet and get influenced due to already existing 'rape myths', which encourage them to attempt rape, she argued. It is the attitude that matters, not the internet.

Some myths and misconceptions are being deliberately perpetuated and are needed to be debunked. We must stop blaming the internet for the rapes since it creates the myth 'rapists are not to blame for rapes'.

At times, we start blaming the clothes of the victim for inviting rape and go to the extent of calling such victims 'sluts'. Furthermore, there is need to understand that 'rape myths' severely undermine the rape victim's ability to heal and get rehabilitated, the social psychologist added while requesting the opinion leaders not to perpetuate rape myths.

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