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India Lawyer In India Rape Case Blames Victims For Assault


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Jun 17, 2004
Lawyer in India rape case blames victims for assault

By Andrew MacAskill


NEW DELHI — The lawyer representing three of the men charged with the gang rape and murder of a medical student aboard a moving bus in New Delhi has blamed the victims for the assault, saying he has never heard of a ‘‘respected lady’’ being raped in India.

Manohar Lal Sharma said his clients will plead not guilty to all charges Thursday when they make their next court appearance. His comments come as Indians have reacted with outrage to the opinions of politicians and a religious preacher who have accused Westernized women of inviting sexual assaults.

Sharma said the male companion of the murdered 23-year-old was ‘‘wholly responsible’’ for the rape as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.

‘‘Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,’’ Sharma said in an interview at a cafe outside the Supreme Court. ‘‘Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.’’

Sharma’s comments highlight frequently aired attitudes toward women in India. Activists say reporting of sex crimes and police investigations of rape are hindered by a tendency to blame the victim for not following the traditional, conservative social roles ascribed to women.

‘Until today I have not seen a single incident . . . of rape with a respected lady.’

‘‘This is the mentality which most Indian men are suffering from unfortunately,’’ said Ranjana Kumari, director for the New Delhi-based Centre for Social Research. ‘‘That is the mindset that has been perpetrating this crime because they justify it indirectly, you asked for it so it is your responsibility.’’

A spiritual guru, Asharam, sparked an outcry earlier this week when he said the New Delhi victim was equally responsible and should have ‘‘chanted God’s name and fallen at the feet of the attackers’’ to stop the assault.

Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the pro-Hindu Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that underpins the country’s main opposition political party, said rapes only occur in Indian cities, not in its villages, because women in cities adopt Western lifestyles.

Sharma said the man and woman should not have been traveling back late in the evening and making their journey on public transport. He also said it was the man’s responsibility to protect the woman and that he had failed in his duty.

‘‘The man has broken the faith of the woman,’’ Sharma said. ‘‘If a man fails to protect the woman, or she has a single doubt about his failure to protect her, the woman will never go with that man.’’

The gang rape of the woman on Dec. 16 provoked a sustained debate about the safety of women in the world’s biggest democracy. The brutality of the crime and allegations by a male friend of the victim that it took police 45 minutes to respond to calls outraged the nation.


Jan 29, 2011
Vancouver, Canada
This happened too, thankfully!

Arrest us all'

"When hundreds of women descended on Nagpur district court armed with knives, stones and chilli powder, within minutes the man who raped them lay dead. Raekha Prasad reports

A year ago Usha Narayane was about to embark on a new life. A call-centre worker with a diploma in hotel management, she was 25 and about to travel north from her home in the centre of India to begin a managerial job in a hotel in Punjab. The job would transport her not only geographically but also socially.
Like her neighbours, Narayane is a dalit, an "untouchable", at the bottom of the caste ladder. Schooling and literacy are rare among the women of Kasturba Nagar, the slum neighbourhood in the city of Nagpur where she grew up. She was unmarried, preferring to work and study. Yet nobody resented her success. Instead, they had high hopes for the girl. But Narayane went nowhere. Today, she is in her family's one-room, windowless home, awaiting trial for murder."

And sadly this too!

Aruna Shanbaug case
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Aruna Shanbaug (alternatively spelled Shanbhag) is a former nurse from Haldipur, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka in India. In 1973, while working as a junior nurse at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, she was sexually assaulted by a ward boy, Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki and has been in a vegetative state since the assault. On 24 January 2011, after she had been in this status for 37 years, the Supreme Court of India responded to the plea for euthanasia filed by Aruna's friend journalist Pinki Virani, by setting up a medical panel to examine her. The court turned down the mercy killing petition on 7 March 2011. However in its landmark judgment, it allowed passive euthanasia in India.[1]"

I am really scared for women in my family. Now am really thinking if we keep on sitting, terror will come upon them too!
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Apr 3, 2005
Unfortunately Delhi gang rape is commercialized .Many people are using this unfortunate incident to get quick fame and money.This lawyer to is using this incident to be in media and earn name for him

Brother Onam

Jul 11, 2012
Sat Sri Akaal,
I know I am speaking mainly to Sikhs here, but I should hope that this old clown Bapu Asaram, the lawyer Sharma, and anybody else who in any way, suggests any woman is somehow complicit or deserving of rape, be publicly scorned, repudiated, shamed, disgraced and exposed as the provincial, ignorant fool that he is.



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