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25th February 2010, Thursday
Date Rape Drugs (Holi special)
Once caught, often the defense of the accused is that the girl was a party to the sexual act. The most commonly used drug in such cases is Roofies.
The use of such "predator" or "date rape drugs" is common in India. These drugs are commonly used in trains and buses to rob passengers, and in youth parties to exploit young females for drug–facilitated sexual assault.
Because of the effects of these drugs, victims may be physically helpless, unable to refuse sex, and incapable of remember what happened. The drugs often have no colour, smell or taste and are easily added to flavoured drinks without the victim’s knowledge.
These drugs can include alcohol, marijuana or other street drugs, designer or club drugs like ecstasy, over–the–counter sleeping pills and anti–histamines, even cold medications. However, the term ‘date rape drug’ applies to any of the three drugs.
Many factors make these drugs desirable to sexual predators. All traces of the drugs leave the body within 72 hours of ingestion and are not found in any routine toxicology screen or blood test.
Date rape drugs are easily slipped into drinks and food and are very rapidly acting. They render the victim unconscious but responsive with little or no memory of what happens while the drug is active in their system. The drugs also make the victim act without inhibition, often in a sexual or physically affectionate way.
Date rape drugs render a person incapable of thinking clearly or of making appropriate decision. This makes for a very passive victim; one who is still able to play a role in what is happening but who will have no clear memory of what happened after–the–fact.
Without any memory of events the victim is often unaware that they have even been raped, and if they are aware or have suspicions they make very poor witnesses.
As the drugs are easily available, the onus lies on us to protect ourselves. Here are a few tips:
Dr KK Aggarwal
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Stress Management Workshop (April 17-18)
A stress management workshop with Dr KK Aggarwal and Experts from Brahma Kumaris will be organized on April 17–18, 2010.
Organizers: eMedinews, Brahma Kumaris, Heart Care Foundation of India, in association with IMA New Delhi Branch and IMA Janak Puri Branch
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Center, National Highway 8, Bilaspur Chowk Pataudi Road, Near Manesar.
Timings: On Saturday (2pm onwards) and Sunday (7am 4pm). There will be no registration charges, limited rooms, kindly book in advance, stay and food (satvik) will be provided. For booking e–mail to email@example.com or sms to Dr KK Aggarwal 9811090206/ BK Sapna 9811796962
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