In India, 36,735 rapes were reported in 2014. (NCRB figures). That’s nearly 100 rapes a day.
But the only time we get angry about rape or decide to mobilise in large numbers is when a particularly horrific rape catches our attention on a seemingly slow-news day.
As India enters its 70th year, The Quintis going to track rapes reported every day in India for one year.
By no means are we claiming that this will be a comprehensive report. These are rapes reported in the media or through information obtained from police stations.
The dynamics of reporting on rape are determined by geography, class, caste and religion, and we acknowledge that. For the number of reported rapes, there are hundreds of rapes which go unreported, which makes the figure of nearly 100 rapes reported a day also inadequate.
But, it is a start. This will enable us to think of rape as a relentless, daily assault. An assault against which we need to mount a fight, fiercely, every day.