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Convicted Indian rapist: "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back"

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Convicted: The interview is to be aired on BBC Four this coming Sunday
Convicted: The interview is to be aired on BBC Four this coming Sunday

A man in India who was convicted for his part in a brutal gang rape has caused further outrage by claiming the victim should not have fought back against her attackers.

The brutal Delhi gang rape and murder of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti sent shockwaves around the world in December 2012.

The bright young student was returning home from the cinema with a male friend when a bus with five men and a 17-year-old offered them a lift.

Subsequently, the men and the teenager beat Jyoti’s friend before dragging her to the back of the bus where she was gang raped and brutally assaulted.

She suffered horrendous injuries to her abdomen, genitals and intestines. Following the attack Jyoti and her friend were thrown from the moving bus.

She was rushed to hospital and underwent extensive medical treatment. However, she sadly died 13 days after the attack.

Now, one of her attackers has caused further outrage and indignation by telling the BBC the young woman should not have resisted the attack. 

The bus driver, Mukesh Singh, who admitted driving the bus during the incident but denied taking part in the attack, was one of five men convicted of Jyoti’s rape and murder and sentenced to death by hanging. He and three others are currently on appeal with their sentences put on hold.  

Speaking to the BBC, Singh said women are more responsible for rape than men, women should not travel late at night, nor should they go to discos and bars or wear the ‘wrong clothes’. He also claims that his execution will make life more dangerous for future rape victims.

"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 suggested the rape and beatings were to teach Jyoti and her friend a lesson that they should not have been out late at night. He also criticised Jyoti for having fought back against her attackers saying: "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."
 
"The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. 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 is to be aired on BBC Four this coming Sunday, which is also International Women's Day.