Think we’re past a Women’s Movement? Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because ‘girls are responsible for rape’

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‘She should just be silent and allow the rape’: Mukesh Singh claimed Jyoti would not have died if she hadn’t fought her attackers.

Indian government now forbidding further interviews. Warning: These statements are more brutal as he continues and his lawyers support him.

One of the men convicted of gang raping a woman on a bus in Delhi has blamed his victim for the fatal attack, saying “girls are far more responsible for rape” than men.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died of horrific injuries two weeks after being assaulted by six men as she travelled home from the cinema with a male friend.

Among them was Mukesh Singh, who claims he was driving the bus during the incident on 16 December 2012 and did not take part.

In an interview with the BBC from prison, where he is awaiting execution, he referred to the woman’s murder as “an accident” caused by her being out at night.

“A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night,” he said.

Police said his victim, known as “Jyoti”, meaning “flame”, was found with multiple wounds and had also been raped with metal bars, causing catastrophic internal injuries.

BBC Four is airing a documentary on the rape and its impact on 8 March.

Speaking to interviewers for the Storyville programme, to be aired on International Women’s Day, Singh is seen suggesting the rape and beatings were to teach Jyoti and her friend a lesson.

He criticised her for resisting her attackers, saying: “When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back.

She and her friend were thrown from the moving bus and 13 days of extensive medical treatment could not save her.

Jyoti’s death sparked a wave of unprecedented protests across India and the world and five of the perpetrators were sentenced to death.

“A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. 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.”

“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.”

Two lawyers who defended the rapists in court were also interviewed for the documentary.

AP Singh had previously said that if his sister or daughter “disgraced herself” by being seen with a man, he would “to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight”.

 

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