Rave to rape, a drug’s journey

By Terrapinzflyer · Nov 29, 2009 · ·
  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Rave to rape, a drug’s journey

    New Delhi, Nov. 28: On the streets it’s known as K, and it’s increasingly being used as a weapon of rape.

    Once ketamine hydrochloride was used in rave parties where rich youths sought ever newer ways of getting “high”. Now it is being used in offices, guesthouses and even middle-class homes to immobilise unsuspecting young women.

    Mixed with the victims’ food or drink, the “date rape drug” can throw her into a haze, detached from all bodily sensations. It comes cheap at Rs 30 a gram and passes through the body quickly, making later detection difficult.

    The police say the past two years have seen a spurt in seizures of ketamine, the drug most widely used by Indian rapists and known on the streets as Kid Rock, Ket Kat, Make-Her-Mine or, simply, K.

    While gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Ecstasy and Rohypnol too are considered date rape drugs — some of them sold under the names Easy Lay, Scoop Her, or Forget It — ketamine is “popular” because it is legal and cheap.

    In its official avatar, ketamine is a sedative and local anaesthetic, used both in humans and animals, and is exported to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. It can be taken in powder, liquid or tablet form and is often mixed with other drugs or alcohol.

    When the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman by two men in a Delhi guesthouse was reported today, police immediately suspected the use of ketamine. Tests are being done.

    Till a few years ago, the criminal use of ketamine was confined mainly to gangs that spiked train and bus passengers’ drinks and robbed them. But now, officials say, college students and young working people are using it for rape.

    The drug is manufactured under licence in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. Officials say a large amount of ketamine, packaged to be shipped abroad as medicine, is smuggled out and sold on the streets, or illegally exported as a recreational drug.

    Since the drug is not banned, officials make seizures if they find a bulk carrier has no documents, or, say, that the drug is being smuggled inside holes cut in books or in soap bars or hollows of suitcases. Sometimes, it is camouflaged as common Indian masala.

    In 2007-08, the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) alone seized 247kg of ketamine; in 2008-09, the combined nation-wide seizure of the drug was 1,173kg.

    Officials fear the use of ketamine for rape could be wider than the seizures suggest since the drug is not banned in India. Plans to ban its use — except for medicinal purposes — have made no progress.

    “People should avoid drinking with strangers, never leave their drink unattended, and have a trusted driver. Date rape drugs leave little evidence, that’s why there is no definitive record of how many women fall prey to them,” an officer said.



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  1. EscapeDummy

    This article seems pretty sensationalist, but 30 Rupees comes out to be roughly $0.60 - $0.70, that is unbelievably cheap.
  2. podge
    I think Ketamine is popular mainly because its enjoyable, there are many legal drugs which are affordable and legal yet are not "popular". Also purity is big factor, swim would imagine because India is a large ketamine producing country, street ketamine would mostly be of good quality. People feel better about taking a drug when they exactly what it is.

    Shouldnt the article have been given a different title until its at least confirmed ketamine was used in this instance ? Booze, or even a steel bar to the head can also be used to put people in a condition where they could be raped. People just love their sensationalist headlines and the media are more than happy to provide.
  3. malsat
    I was thinking the price was probably for GHB, not ketamine. Makes more sense to me...
  4. kailey_elise
    Of course. Also, the tone of the article suggests that ketamine is being used on a daily basis to facilitate rape, so even if it turns out NOT to play a part in THIS particular rape, by golly, it's EVERYWHERE! YOUR CHILD IS AT RISK OF BEING SLIPPED KETAMINE & BEING RAPED!!!!!!!111!!11!1!!one!!eleventy!!


  5. Nnizzle
    Wiggity what? Since when is ecstasy a date rape drug... unless it's adulterated with something (ie.... a real "date rape" drug) I find a hard time not considering this author (and his article) bullshit.
  6. malsat
    There was another article posted recently which showed that "date-rape" drugs are in fact very rarely used, and the vast majority of women who claim to have had their drinks spiked were wrong, and had just gotten far too drunk to control themselves. It would seem that the myth of the date rape drug persists as a vehicle by which women can excuse foolish behaviour caused by intentional ingestion of the world's original and primary drug used to facilitate relations, alcohol.

    Personally, I don't see any reason to waste perfectly good drugs on someone else in such a manner.
  7. chillinwill

    The thread you are referring to is Date-rape drink spiking 'an urban legend'
  8. Terrapinzflyer
    turtle agrees that there is certainly a degree of sensationalism and fear mongering to the reports, but also believes the true extent will never be known. He also agrees alcohol is unquestionably THE "date rape drug. But even with alcohol, underhanded tactics like spiking drinks with grain alcohol do occur.

    Turtle is unsure about rohyponol, but knows ketamine passes through the system so quickly to be undectable by the time an assault is reported. And he remembers during the rohyponoyl heyday in the mid/late 90's watching guys streaming into his friends place to buy it who certainly did not seem the type for such a substance.

    the figures on rape are staggering, doubly so when one considers how few cases are actually ever reported. More then half of the turtles closest female friends have been the victims of rape or incest, two, including his first serious partner, victims of "date rape drugs" (and in neither case was excessive alcohol a factor- 1 drink in both cases)

    And he will say, with the cultural views of womens place in society, he can understand that this may be an even larger problem in India.

    Apologies for the rant, but rape is an issue that has touched the turtles world. It is a subject rarely discussed, and when it has been he more often then not sees men (yes, even his friends) explain away the numbers, while the women bite their tongues.
  9. adzket
    swim say's it is that cheep in india for shure. it was even cheeper when they where last there at end of 90's. people they know bring it to the uk because of the mark up even though it's price has droped dramaticaly over the years.
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