Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rapists don't quit

A leopard cannot change its spots and there's not much chance of a rapist changing his ways either. At the risk of sounding a tad judgemental, the following cases prove that society at this point, does not take crime and violence perpetuated against women seriously enough.


Here are three examples that I believe drives the point home. Why only three? Well if I scour the internet and get down to the ground to conduct some interviews, I am sure I will be able to unearth more examples. But these three cases in itself serve as chilling proof that men like these don't change their ways and can cause greater harm to society.



Man Haron Monis the lone gunmen responsible for the #SydneySiege was charged with 40 counts of indecent and sexual assault, including 22 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 14 counts of aggravated indecent assault. All this is in addition to a 2002 charge for sexually assaulting a woman.

In the aftermath of the #SydneySiege, one tweet summed it up.

Read about it here:
One Tweet Sums Up How #SydneySiege Could Have Been Avoided

Sydney Siege: Man Haron Monis' history of violence against women was a warning sign no one took seriously

"Maybe if we took violence against women seriously this guy would have already been in jail."

At the time of the #SydneySiege, Monis was on bail for the 40-plus counts of sexual assault. It befuddles me how this man could have been granted bail. Some quarters might say, hey innocent untill proven guilty. But I believe better to be safe than sorry. 

An alleged rapist is a threat to women out there if not society at large. The court obviously did not take public interest into account in granting bail to this very disturbed man who has huge issues with women and as the #SydneySiege tragedy has shown us - society at large.



Delhi police described Shiv Kumar Yadav the Uber taxi driver held on suspicion of raping a passenger in India as a career criminal who was out on bail for sexually assaulting a woman.


Yadav was charged with raping a woman in Mainpuri about 200km southeast of New Delhi in 2013. The court granted him bail - naturally on the basis that innocent untill proven guilty. But here he is again a year later - out on bail but charged once more with rape, with damning evidence stacked against him.


According to police, he had charges dating back more than a decade for robbery, molestation and possessing an unlicensed firearm.

Men out on bail for rape should not be driving cabs or buses for that matter. Lapses in the system and the fact that Uber failed to perform background checks on their drivers resulted in a crime that should never have happened in the first place.

More on this story here


On October 7, 2000, computer engineer Nur Suzaily Mukhtar was raped, sodomised and murdered by Kiara Express bus driver Hanafi Mat Hassan. A very tragic end to a promising young life. What is even more tragic is that Hanafi had a previous conviction for rape. How is it that a man who has a criminal conviction is able to obtain a Public Service Vehicle License?

Many rapists are repeat offenders as Hanafi's case proves. If we had a national database or registry of sexual offenders, Nur Suzaily would still be alive today. If we sent rapists to the gallows, Hanafi would have gone to his death sooner. He was eventually sent to the gallows after the Federal Court dismissed his appeal and upheld his death sentence for the murder, not rape of Nur Suzaily. For the offence of rape, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail and ordered to be given 12 strokes of the cane.