India’s rape crisis points to a deep-rooted socio-cultural problem that has pervaded the society. The crime rate in respect of rapes has been steadily and constantly increasing since the last two decades and, thus, the lives and dignity of women are under constant threat. Close to 40,000 women are raped in the country every year – 40% of the rape victims being minors. Moreover, due to the shame and legal hassles, about 85% of the rape cases are never reported. Clearly, something has gone horribly wrong somewhere. However, we can address the problem of rape only when we understand it in its entire complexity.As responsible citizens, we must raise our voice against the menace of rape. This book Why Rapes: India’s New Epidemic is the most comprehensive analysis of the forces and the phenomena that are making the country so unsafe for women. The book critically analyses the rape crisis, psychological analysis of rapists, socio-cultural reasons of rapes, effect of porn and popular mass media, trauma of rape victims, penalty to control rapes, etc, in great length. The book has been authenticated by scores of judgements of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and a formidable bibliography of about 200 references. This book will be extremely useful for academicians, police officers, judicial officers, law-makers, social workers, students of sociology and all the citizens whoare concerned about the security of women.