At least 5 women are being raped in Delhi as you read this article. Three years ago, a Delhi rape victim was mounted onto a pedestal for her rape by the world during December 2012. The unnamed 23 year old girl was dubbed Nirbhaya by the media after six men offered her and her male friend a lift in a mini-bus. She was then raped and assaulted with an iron rod. She later succumbed to her injuries. This incident rattled India and the world bringing massive protests against India’s apathy towards sexual violence incidents.
She has become the constant reminder to the world of how we have failed ourselves as human beings. Despite the social media outrage about the case, the men responsible for the crime have no realisation of the crime they’ve committed.
Today, her assailants are in jail with no sense of remorse still with the caveman attitude that they are superior in every way possible. A recent interview by BBC for a documentary. Mukesh Singh who was the driver of the bus had denied his involvement, till DNA tests proved him wrong.
According to Singh, Nirbhaya had received the fatal degree of violence because she and her friend had tried to fight back. Here’s what he 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.”
“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.”
He also has a twisted logic to argue against the death penalty that many believe he should receive.
“The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls,” he says. “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. Death.” One would think that no one can defend Singh after his involvement in the most shocking incident Delhi has seen in recent years.
“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, whose death sentence is currently on appeal, also claims 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 says. “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. Death.”
The interview, which BBC Four will air on its Storyville programme to coincide with International Women’s Day this Sunday, will be seen by women’s rights groups as compelling evidence of the appalling attitudes shown by many Indian men towards women.
The lawyers who defended the gang in court express similarly extreme views.
In a previous televised interview, AP Singh, a lawyer, 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, he adds that his stance has not changed: “This is my stand. I still today stand on that reply.”