The December 16 gang-rape victim may have passed away after battling 13 days for life, but the horror of the Nirbhaya case refuses to die even two years later.
In a shocking claim, one of the rapists on death row has displayed an utter lack of remorse, blaming the physiotherapy student for their savagery and saying she “shouldn’t have fought back”.
In a BBC interview, ‘India’s Daughter’ by Leslee Udwin, which will premiere on March 8 to mark the International Women’s Day, Mukesh Singh claims that his execution will endanger rape victims.
He claims: “Now when they rape, they won’t let the girl go like we did. They will kill her. Earlier, 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. Death.”
The grotesque statement has set social media on fire, with stinging retaliatory messages doing the rounds. Even the legal community feels Singh’s statements are an “admission of crime” and “give us a peep into his sick mind”.
On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old woman was brutally assaulted and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus by five men and a 17-year-old.
Singh, who has admitted to driving the bus but denied raping the woman, is one of the four men sentenced to death for the killing that sparked worldwide condemnation and spurred major changes in Indian law. His death sentence is currently on appeal.
But India has been shocked at regular intervals by the Shakti Mills gang-rape, the horrors of Badaun, the recent Uber cab rape case, and the horrific Rohtak rape case – one of such brutality that it rivalled the Delhi rape.
No fight back
Speaking from jail, Singh says: “Women are more responsible for rape than men…. While 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.”
He also says it is up to women to escape rape.
“You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at 9pm. Boys and girls 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,” he says.
No chance for mercy
Top lawyers opined that expressing such views during the course of trial will only jeopardise Singh’s already weak case.
“He has obviously dropped an axe on his own feet. It is tantamount to admission of crime and also gives us a peep into his sick mind. The fellow is completely unrepentant and has an absurd value system,” noted criminal lawyer K.T.S. Tulsi says.
Mukesh Singh’s defence counsel V.K. Anand says: “I condemn the comment made by Mukesh… I am surprised because as far as I know him, he couldn’t have said this.”
A.P. Singh, another lawyer representing the accused, says: “This may be his personal view and I don’t support his view… I condemn the statement.”
Singh had in the course of the trial lobbed a shocker by saying: “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.”
Leading women’s rights activist Jagmati Sangwan said: “This is sadly symbolic of how our feudal mindset works. The government can punish the rapist but how do we treat the mindset? Unfortunately, our country is full of such archaic and crooked thinking. Lawmakers must suitably use the available legal provisions to bring an end to this malaise.”
Ram Singh, the fifth man involved in the late-evening brutal assault on the physiotherapy student and her male friend, was found dead in his Tihar Jail cell on March 11, 2013.
A minor was sentenced to three years in a reform facility.
Ram Singh was the elder brother of Mukesh Singh.
Resource: Yahoo News