• Why do men rape? Understanding the determinants of rapes in India.

      Basu Roy, Sharanya; Ghosh Dastidar, Sayantan; University College Cork; University of Derby; School of Law, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland; Division of Economics and Finance, University of Derby, Derby, UK (Taylor and Francis, 2018-05-21)
      The study examines the determinants of rapes in India using state level data for the time period 2001–2015. The panel model analysis indicates that there is no impact of education and economic growth, pointing towards a larger role of social and cultural factors in this context. The effect of deterrence variables (such as the number of police stations) is non-existent, possibly pointing towards the incompetency of the police force. Social attitude towards women emerged as the most robust predictor of the extent of rapes in India. We argue that the fundamental problem lies in the misogyny deeply rooted in the Indian society