We know we perhaps shouldn’t be shocked by comments on sexual assault from a man convicted in a horrific gang rape case, but the below remarks are nevertheless truly and utterly deplorable, almost unbelievably so.
Mukesh Singh was among five men and one male teenager convicted over the brutal rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh, who was beaten with a metal rod and gang raped after getting on a bus with a male friend in Delhi in 2012.
Jyoti, a medical student who had been to the cinema prior to the attack, died two weeks later from her injuries.
|Mukesh Singh - Bus Driver in infamous|
Delhi Bus Rape and Murder
"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".
Mukesh Singh added:
"You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands. 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". So, he's basically saying that 80% of girls deserve to be raped just because they are not the 20%!
Mukesh Singh was driving the bus at the time of the attack but denied participating directly in it. He and three other men are appealing their convictions after being sentenced to death by hanging - one defendant was found dead in his cell in March 2013 while the teenager was sentenced to three years in a juvenile reform centre.
Perhaps then the way to address the culture of rape in India is to address the inequality of the sexes and the right for girls/women to go to bars, discos (discos?) and wear what they want. And perhaps they need to drive home the point that men do not have the right to punish women, especially strangers, for doing something they don't approve of.
What hypocrisy there is in criticising a young woman for the way she dressed or that she was out past 9 o'clock, when the critic participated in gang-raping and murdering her. It's like driving your car into a brick wall to kill a fly. How absurdly stupid!