One of the Indian men convicted of the notorious Delhi bus gang rape and murder in 2012 has outraged millions of women and many decent men in India by self righteously saying that women who went out at night had only themselves to blame if they attracted the attention of gangs of male molesters. “A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy,” he said.
As far as this rapist murderer is concerned, the killing was an "accident". In his distorted, mind, he sees and justifies the horrendous deed by saying, "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape."
In this case, the Indian courts made a harsh example of the gang, passing death sentences otherwise rarely used.
If India is to be counted among the nations that want to belong to the group of nations whose behaviour is dictated by effective laws protecting every member of their society, then the penalty is appropriate.
Singh, whose death sentence is currently on appeal, arrogates, “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."
He goes on to say, "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.”
Not surprisingly, the attorneys who defended the gang in court express similarly extreme views. Reportedly, in a televised interview one of the lawyers stated, "If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight.”
So much for some of the reported attitudes displayed by licensed legal beagles in 2015, in the upcoming nation of India.
It is lamentable because the country of 1.1 billion people is not a new civilization.
However, we must remember that the concept of women's rights is, sadly a reasonably new concept. Until about a hundred years ago women weren't really respected as equals almost anywhere in the world. -- And there still is a long way to go in many countries.