Warning: The post contains graphic images pertaining to sexual violence.
For those of you unaware, the Nirbhaya case, or the Delhi gang rape and murder case of December 2012 was brutal enough to shake the collective conscience of India, which led to protests for stringent laws for women’s safety. Two years on, BBC interviewed a convict, Mukesh Singh, and what he said shook India’s conscience once again.
Describing the killing as an “accident”, 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,” he says in the interview. “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.”
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.”
– Excerpts from an interview with Mukesh Singh, the convict in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case
Nirbhaya must have had really low morales to move out of her house for getting education? Her ambitions were too high, she wanted to be a para-medic. What has the world come to, with women wanting to have a career and help the hurt? Oh, she must have been scandalous, watching Life Of Pi. I’m sure she was a wrong girl, so wrong, watching her first hollywood movie. The kind of things that must be on in her mind, after watching a movie about a boy and a tiger stranded together in a life boat! Disgraceful.
She must have asked for it when she got into the bus. She thought it was a public transport bus, you tricked her into it, but nevertheless, she must have wanted it I’m sure. And how dare she say “no” to you spineless bastards?! The audacity to stand up for herself? Did she not know that in this great country called India, men own women? That women are slaves to a man’s whims and fancies? What an ignorant little whore.
I’m sure, Mukesh Singh, that when you people raped her, and you beat her, and you inserted that iron rod into her genitals and tore her internal organs apart, she deserved it. She was a woman, and she had the nerve to dream and to live freely! That kind of behaviour must be punished.
Yes, Nirbhaya was so wrong.
I am so wrong.
Half the world’s population is so wrong.