Helpline for Indian men gets 100 calls to report abuse daily

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'He was gang-raped, filmed nude, thrashed with belts, and objects were inserted into his private parts.

"Then they urinated on me," the 19-year-old (name withheld) broke down, narrating his story to a helpline recently.

Given that Delhi is widely touted as the rape capital, this should have been just another statistic. But there's a catch. The caller's alleged tormentors were women, and all nearly twice his age.

In spite of being from an influential political family, the caller had no legal remedy. Counsellors had a tough time trying to figure out how courts could help him. To their dismay, they found that the Indian rape laws did not recognise a man as a victim. Being an adult, he could not have sought help under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act either.

The 19-year-old isn't alone. Overcoming their male ego, stigma and conditioning, hundreds of men across the country are making that call to the helpline with trepidation, alleging that they were harassed, abused and victimised by women.'

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