|Real Name||Madhumita Pandey|
|Date of Birth||Year 1991|
|Age (as in 2017)||26 Years|
|Birth Place||New Delhi, India|
|Hometown||New Delhi, India|
|College/University||The university of Delhi, India
Bangor University, Gwynedd, North Wales
Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom
|Educational Qualification||BA (Hons) Psychology from the University of Delhi in 2012
MSc Clinical Psychology from Bangor University in 2013
Pursuing her Doctoral Thesis at the Criminology Department of Anglia Ruskin University, the United Kingdom (2014-present)
|Hobbies||Reading , Writing, Travelling|
|Boys, Affairs and More|
|Marital Status||Not Known|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Madhumita Pandey
- Madhumita Pandey grew up in New Delhi, India.
- In 2012, after the Nirbhaya case, she saw her city (New Delhi) in a new light.
- In 2012, the brutal gang rape of Nirbhaya brought thousands of Indians to the streets to protest the widespread culture of rape and violence against women.
- The same year (2012), India was ranked “Worst Place” among G-20 countries to be a woman, worse even than Saudi Arabia where women have to live under the supervision of a male guardian.
- While all these things were happening, Madhumita Pandey was in England, finishing off her master’s. She recalls, “I thought, what prompts these men? What are the circumstances which produce men like this? I thought, ask the source.”
- Since then, Pandey has spent weeks talking to rapists in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Most of the men she met there were uneducated, only a handful had graduated high school. Many were 3rd- or 4th-grade dropouts.
- Madhumita says, “When I went to research, I was convinced these men are monsters. But when you talk to them, you realize these are not extraordinary men, they are really ordinary. What they’ve done is because of upbringing and thought process.”
- In her research report, Madhumita questions the Indian Social Structure (especially the institution of Family). She says, “In Indian households, even in more educated families, women are often bound to traditional roles.” She points out, “Many women won’t even use their husbands’ first names, she pointed out. “As an experiment, I phoned a few friends and asked: what does your mom call your dad? The answers I got were things like ‘are you listening,’ ‘listen,’ or ‘father of Ronak’ (the child’s name).’”
- Pandey explains, “Men are learning to have false ideas about masculinity, and women are also learning to be submissive. It is happening in the same household, Pandey said. “Everyone’s out to make it look like there’s something inherently wrong with [rapists]. But they are a part of our own society. They are not aliens who’ve been brought in from another world.”
- While interviewing rapists in Tihar Jail, Madhumita recalled the commonly held beliefs that were often parroted even in her own household. ““After you speak to [the rapists], it shocks you — these men have the power to make you feel sorry for them. As a woman that’s not how you expect to feel. I would almost forget that these men have been convicted of raping a woman. In my experience, a lot of these men don’t realize that what they’ve done is rape. They don’t understand what consent is. Then you ask yourself, is it just these men? Or is the vast majority of men?”
- She points again towards the social norms in India, “In India, social attitudes are highly conservative. Sex education is left out of most school curriculums; legislators feel such topics could “corrupt” youth and offend traditional values. “Parents won’t even say the words like penis, vagina, rape or sex. If they can’t get over that, how can they educate young boys?”
- Pandey says, “In the interviews, many men made excuses or gave justifications for their actions. Many denied rape happened at all. There were only three or four who said we are repenting. Others had found a way to put their actions into some justification, neutralize, or blame action onto the victim.”
- Madhumita also found a girl who was raped at the age of 5 by one of the rapists she had interviewed. Madhumita narrates, “The participant (49), expressed remorse for raping a 5-year-old girl. “He said ‘yes I feel bad, I ruined her life.’ Now she is no longer a virgin, no one would marry her. Then he said, ‘I would accept her, I will marry her when I come out of jail.’” She was shocked by his response so much that she felt compelled to find out about the victim. The man had revealed details of the girl’s whereabouts in the interview. When she found the girl’s mother, she learned that the family had not even been told that their daughter’s rapist was in jail.
- Pandey hopes to publish her research in the coming months but said she faces hostility for her work. “They think, here comes another feminist. They assume a woman doing research like this will misrepresent men’s ideas. Where do you begin with someone like that?” she said.
- Madhumita is also a monthly columnist for the Observer, writing about mental health, child sexual health, sexual violence and social change. Her research interests include sex trafficking in India, rape myth attitudes, masculinity ideology and children of prisoners.
- Here’s a glimpse of violence against women: