What is Digital Rape, an 81-Year-old man from Noida accused of?

A case of digital rape has come to light in Noida, Reportedly, Noida Police arrested an 81-year-old sketch artist for allegedly raping a minor girl for over seven years.

The accused Maurice Ryder has been arrested after an FIR was lodged against him under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. He is accused of digital rape with a 17-year-old girl over the last seven years. Now on the complaint of the victim, the police have registered a case and arrested the accused painter and sent him to jail.

“The girl lives here with her guardian, who has been a friend of the accused for around 20 years now. The guardian had lodged the complaint in the case,” SHO Sector 39 Rajeev Kumar told news agency PTI. The accused was presented in a local court after his arrest and has been sentenced to 14 days of judicial custody.

Additional DCP Ranvijay Singh told that the painter Maurice Ryder (80), originally a resident of Allahabad (Prayagraj), lives in Sector 46 with a female friend. A 17-year-old teenager also lives under the protection of the accused’s female friend. The teenager works as a domestic helper in the house. The teenager alleges that the accused Maurice Ryder has been sexually abusing her for the past several years.

What is digital rape?

Many people assume that the term “digital rape” is related to the degradation of someone’s identity on the digital platform. “Digital rape” is a term that defines rape that is accomplished by penetrating one’s sexual organs with fingers or any other object without their consent. Crime is as crucial as any other physical assault.

However, the term literally means forcibly inserting fingers or toes into the other person’s private parts without their consent. In the English dictionary, finger, thumb and toe are called “digit” and hence the act was named “digital rape”.

Digit in English means where the number is. At the same time, according to the English dictionary, these parts of the body are also addressed with digits. That is, it is a situation of rape in which the finger, thumb or toe has been used on the delicate parts.

In India, the classification of a sexual offense as “digital rape” took place following the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case, which shocked the nation and led to reforms in the country’s criminal law to increase the scope of the perceived crimes. as “rape”.

While its perpetrators are now convicted under the ICC’s much broader Article 376 (rape), the use of the term “digital rape” and conviction in such cases still remains relatively low in the country.

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