Posted October 16, 2018 06:07:17Female body tattoos are now a common sight across India, especially in urban centres and parts of the country where men’s bodies are usually more protected from public view.
In Delhi, for instance, a number of male body-artists have had their tattoos removed, while in the state of Karnataka a woman has been forced to remove her male tattoos in a case that has drawn international attention.
This is a major change in the Indian culture, where women are traditionally seen as the protectors of the family and in public space, and the male body is often the subject of sexualised abuse.
However, it is not the first time a female has been stripped of her tattoos.
In October 2017, a woman in Bengaluru was forced to take a bath after a man came to her house, where she was stripped naked.
“I have been raped several times.
I’ve been sexually abused as a child,” she said.
In a separate incident, a 28-year-old woman was allegedly forced to strip and shave her pubic hair in New Delhi, where her male body was the subject, while a 24-year old man in a hotel in New York City was stripped and had his pubic area shaved.
However, in all cases, the victims were treated differently, and it was not until the New York court heard a series of cases involving women who were sexually abused that the laws were changed.
In the Delhi case, the victim had her pubis and genitals stripped, while the men were allowed to remove their pubic hairs.
“She had the option of going to a doctor for a hygienic check up, but she chose to go to the police,” said Prakash Kulkarni, a lawyer representing the victim.
“The victim has a right to go public about the incident and seek justice.”
According to the victim, the woman was stripped down to her underwear, stripped naked, and then her genitals were also removed.
“I was terrified,” the victim said.
“This is not something I’ve ever experienced before.
I was in shock and disbelief.””
The men took my pubic areas and stripped them off me.
I was in shock and disbelief.”
The Delhi court heard the woman had been assaulted by a man who lived next door, and he had raped her.
In the New Jersey case, a male victim was stripped of his pubis, and his penis was removed after he was threatened with a knife.
“He was not allowed a haircut and he was subjected to sexual abuse for months,” Kulkerni said.
He said it was only after the man was arrested that the law was changed to allow female offenders to remove the pubic skin.
“If a male offender is arrested for rape, he is given a special court order that requires him to remove his pubes.
A female offender will not be charged and will not get an order to remove pubes,” Kukerni added.
The New York law change came after a woman was sentenced to eight years in prison for the sexual abuse of her male partner.
Last year, a 26-year a male, was sentenced for the same crime.
The judge ordered that the woman be given a three-year suspended sentence and a year of probation, while her husband be placed on probation.
But a New Jersey court overturned the judge’s order and ruled that the husband should be sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.
“It was an unfortunate result,” Kunkerni told Al Jazeera.