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Dec 16 rapist blames victim, says a girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy

One of the men convicted of the brutal 2012 gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in Delhi has triggered outrage by claiming the victim was to blame for her fatal sexual assault.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2015 00:47 IST
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One of the men convicted of the brutal 2012 gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in Delhi has triggered outrage by claiming the victim was to blame for her fatal sexual assault.

In an interview from jail for a BBC documentary to be aired on March 8, Mukesh Singh said women who went out at night had only themselves to blame if they attracted the attention of gangs of male molesters.

"A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," Singh was quoted as saying by the British daily the Telegraph.

Singh claimed that had the victim and her male friend not tried to fight back, the gang would not have resorted to a savage beating.

Describing the gruesome incident that shocked people around the world as an "accident", Singh said: "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy."

The interview will be aired by BBC Four on its Storyville programme "India's Daughter" on Sunday to coincide with International Women's Day.

The physiotherapy student was raped and assaulted with an iron rod after she was tricked into boarding the unregistered private bus to go home from the cinema with a male friend. Her male companion was badly beaten and could not come to her aid while the assault was being carried out. The two were later dumped naked and bleeding on the roadside.

The woman died 13 days after the attack from the injuries inflicted upon her, after being airlifted to a Singapore hospital for specialist treatment.

The attack sparked widespread protests and a campaign by civil society groups for tougher laws to protect women from sexual violence.

One of the attackers was found dead in jail in March last year. A juvenile member of the gang was sentenced to three years in a detention centre. Four attackers, including Singh, were convicted and sentenced to death last year. Judge Yogesh Khanna said the victim was "tortured till the very end" and the case fell into the "rarest of rare category", which justified capital punishment.

The Supreme Court has stayed the death sentences as it considers appeals filed by the four men.

Singh, who was 26 at the time of the attack, was driving the bus. He denied involvement in the attack, but his claim was rejected by the court, which said there was strong DNA evidence against him. The judge also said that even if he had not taken part, he should have intervened.

But Singh appeared to show no remorse in the interview.

"You can't clap with one hand - it takes two hands," he was quoted as saying in the interview. "A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night, doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 per cent of girls are good."

Singh also claimed that executing him and the other convicted rapists will endanger future rape victims.

"The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls," he said. "Before, they would rape and say, 'Leave her, she won't tell anyone.' Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl."

AP Singh, the lawyers who defended the gang in court, has expressed similar views about women. In a previous interview, he had said: "If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight."

In the BBC documentary, Singh said his stance had not changed: "This is my stand. I still today stand on that reply."

Another defence lawyer, ML Sharma, said: "In our society, we never allow our girls to come out from the house after 6:30 or 7.30 or 8.30 in the evening with any unknown person."