It is shameful that such a market exists right under the nose of the governments and there are buyers of such videos," said "The state machinery has completely failed to curb it. a country where there are governments which are sending people to jail for possessing bottles of alcohol is so insensitive towards such crimes committed against women." Sixteen-year-old Shikha (not her real name) is a victim of rape.

She told Al Jazeera: "It is obnoxious to know that now such videos are being sold.

Mangla Verma, a Delhi High Court lawyer, who also works with the Human Rights Law Network, explained: "Rape is seen as an assertion of power by a man over a woman.

It is in this process that he films the act, showing that he can not only commit rape, but also record the same and circulate it among others." While it is difficult to confirm that all of the videos show footage of actual rape rather than emulating rape, their presence on the market is particularly troubling given the prevalence of sexual assault in the country. Rapes are not just being committed but also glorified through [the] sale of such videos.

When Al Jazeera learned that videos of women and girls being raped were on sale in India, we had to decide how to investigate and tell such a sensitive story.

The problem known as “Ragging” has become serious in contemporary society.

Rs 20 to Rs 200 (30 cents to $3) and are transmitted to a customer's mobile phone in a matter of seconds. Shahnawaz, who declined to use his real name, said that the videos are not generally made with the intention of being sold on the open market. One of them admitted that he had many such "local films", as the videos are euphemistically referred to.

With shopkeepers cautious about selling them to non-locals, one local man in the village of Incholi - roughly 15km from Meerut - agreed to buy one and show it to Al Jazeera.He has a collection of these films on his laptop and described the rape footage as "pornography".He watches the videos, he said, because they give him "peace of mind".This place was very hard to find and it is well hidden, but we got here with God's will and the efforts of the Military Council."The eerie video shows stained pillows, dog bowls filled with discoloured liquids and writings on the wall.The writing, which is in Arabic, read: "God, I have wronged myself, and no one forgives sins but you.Forgive me, you are forgiving and merciful."Prison-like doors are on each of the cells, with dirty towels littered around the mouldy rooms.