Friday, January 11, 2013

In India, "Respected" Women Don't Get Raped

The lawyer defending three of five men charged with the recent gang rape and murder of a young Indian woman intends to hold her male companion responsible for her death.

Manohar Lal Sharma said his clients would plead not guilty to all charges at their next court appearance. Mr Sharma said the male companion of the murdered 23-year-old was ''wholly responsible'' for the incident as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.

''This is the mentality which most Indian men are suffering from unfortunately,'' said Ranjana Kumari, the director of the Delhi-based Centre for Social Research. ''That is the mindset that has been perpetrating this crime because they justify it indirectly, you asked for it so it is your responsibility.''

A spiritual guru, Asharam, sparked an outcry this week when he said the victim was equally responsible and should have ''chanted God's name and fallen at the feet of the attackers'' to stop the assault. Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which underpins the country's main opposition political party, the BJP, said rapes occurred in Indian cities only, not in its villages, because women there adopted Western lifestyles.
Mr Sharma said the man and woman should not have been travelling back late in the evening and making their journey on public transport. He also said it was the man's responsibility to protect the woman and that he had failed in his duty.

1 comment:

Al said...

This is so offensive and disgusting I simply don't know how to respond.