LONDON: One of the main accused in the Nirbhaya gang rape gave a shocking interview recently blaming the victim for the fatal sexual assault.
“Women who go out at night have only themselves to blame in case they attract attention of male molesters,” Mukesh Singh, driver of the bus in which the rape took place, said.
He recently gave an interview to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from jail which will be aired on March 8, which is also celebrated as International Women’s Day.
NEW DELHI: The interview of one of the convicts of Nirbhaya’s gang rape and murder for a documentary by a British filmmaker snowballed into a huge controversy on Tuesday.
The government has taken a serious view of the matter and sought an explanation from Tihar Jail authorities who allowed the interview. The Delhi Police registered a case under Section 509 (outraging the modesty of women) and Section 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of trust) of the Indian Penal code.
Maybe I am a little slow about legal matters, but I can’t understand how the IPC section 509 about Outraging the modesty of a woman can suddenly be converted into IPC 509 Outraging the modesty of women (in general)! Can a comment made against women in general (most likely interpretation by police) be treated as a crime under IPC 509? Read the bare act of IPC 509 for yourselves and decide. And don’t forget to send a letter of congratulations to Delhi police.
Section 509 in The Indian Penal Code
509. Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.—Whoever, intending to insult the modesty of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any object, intending that such word or sound shall be heard, or that such gesture or object shall be seen, by such woman, or intrudes upon the privacy of such woman, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.
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The parents of the December 16, 2012 gang-rape victim reacted angrily to the remarks made by Mukesh Singh in the interview where he seeks to blame their daughter for the horrific incident, calling it shameful and demanded he be hanged. The filmmaker Leslee Udwin on her part said the film is her attempt to examine the attitude of men towards women and that there was nothing sensational in it.
So the filmmaker wants to examine the attitude of men towards women. Such a noble idea. And how exactly she goes about it? By interviewing a gang-rape/murder convict. And she then in her infinite wisdom makes that one-psycho-man as representative of Indian men to proclaim that the attitude of one psycho-rapist-murderer somehow reflect the attitudes of men towards women in India!
Maybe the BBC and other western mainstream media (MSM) need to look at their own record in how much work they do in interviewing the murderers/rapists and death row convicts in their own countries. And how many such one-psycho-man-interview documentaries do they release on International women’s day or other such women empowerment days in the name of examining attitudes of men towards women.
Another person shakes her head, “I don’t understand, it’s a totally balanced film. It doesn’t give the rapists a platform at all.” Another adds, “It was very fair, definitely.”
The filmmaker says the documentary shows views of the convict and Nirbhaya’s parents. And then they claim it doesn’t give a platform to convict!
Update on Mar 11, 2015: Meenakshi Lekhi of BJP has given a fitting reply to the rape-hysteria mongers, save-the-Indian-women-from-rapist-Indian-males western hypocrites like BBC who had in their own country a high profile paedophile ring in operation for many years, but they choose to create a documentary to highlight attitudes of one psycho-rapist-murderer in India!
The hypocrisy in all this is that the BBC does not have to go very far from its homestead to find a story of sexual abuse. Its former host Jimmy Savile has been accused of hideous sexual crimes but shockingly with all its tall claims of a high-handed moral agenda, it would appear that BBC has made no such documentary explaining the mind of Jimmy Savile despite having had him so close at hand for so many years. In fact, when BBC’s competitor ITV finally did air an exposure documentary on Savile they chose to do it at a late night 11.15 pm slot with caution and responsibility.
Another German feminist professor has denied admission to an Indian man citing rapes in India: as if you could reduce rapes by refusing admissions to men to universities.
“Unfortunately I don’t accept any Indian male students for internships. We hear a lot about the rape problem in India which I cannot support. I have many female friends in my group, so I think this attitude is something I cannot support,” Prof Annette G. Beck-Sickinger at the Institute of Biochemistry at Leipzig University wrote in an email to an Indian student.
“Many female professors in Germany decided to no longer accept male students for these reasons, and currently other European female association are joining. Of course we cannot change or influence the Indian society, but only take our consequences here in Europe.”
Maybe they need to compare rape statistics in Europe vs India.