A former Karnataka senior cop has found himself surrounded by fresh controversy for his alleged remarks over the physical appearance of the mother of 2012 gang-rape victim Jyoti Singh.
Met Nirbhaya’s mother today. She spoke how the society stigmatises rape victims rather than stigmatising the culprits. It’s for citizens to play active role in checking crimes against women. Ex MP, retd IPS Sangliana was present I received “Nirbhaya Award” on the occasion.
Met Nirbhaya's mother today. She spoke how the society stigmatises rape victims rather than stigmatising the culprits. It's for citizens to play active role in checking crimes against women. Ex MP, retd IPS Sangliana was present I received "Nirbhaya Award" on the occasion. pic.twitter.com/ifjeaBpnf1
— D Roopa IPS (@D_Roopa_IPS) March 9, 2018
It’s been five years since India woke up to the horrific tragedy of Nirbhaya’s rape. I’d be wrong if I said there have been no changes to the situation after the incident provoked a massive outrage nationwide. The laws have been amended, new safety measures have been affected, and eyes have been opened to the cruel reality of women’s issues. But none of this would ever make a difference because, at the end of the day, our mindset has remained unchanged.
A disgusting example of this perverse mindset was in an exhibition during a recent event and involved the shocking statements of a former top cop from Karnataka.
Nirbhaya’s Mother Has Good Physique, Can Imagine How Beautiful Her Daughter Was: Former Karnataka DGP HT Sangliana
Speaking at a ceremony organised to honour women last week, former Karnataka DGP HT Sangliana had allegedly said that he can “imagine how beautiful the gangrape victim would have been” by seeing the “good physique” of her mother Asha Devi.
That, however, was not the only controversial statement that the former Karnataka DGP made at the event. Sangliana reportedly also said, “If you are overpowered, you should surrender, and follow up the case later. That way we can be safe, save life, prevent being killed.”
The former Karnataka top cop’s insensitive comments have come as a shock to many especially since Sangliana is known as an officer to have always fought against corruption and dishonesty. Following Sangliana’s comment, some of the guests at the event left in protest, Bangalore Mirror reported.
A 23-year-old medical student, Singh was gruesomely beaten, gang-raped and tortured in a moving bus by six attackers including a juvenile on 16th December, 2012 when she was travelling with a friend in New Delhi. The attackers had brutalized her with an iron rod and her intestines were pulled out. She succumbed to her injuries 13 days later at a Singapore hospital.
Sangliana’s comment, however, is not the only insensitive remark in the six-year-old gang rape incident. Earlier this year, a Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher had blamed Singh for the incident, stating she wouldn’t have been gang raped had she not ventured out late in the night.
Nirbhaya’s Rapist Blames Her For The Rape, Says She Shouldn’t Have Fought Back!
What’s even more shameful is that despite the Twitter outrage and the candle-light vigil and the outrage about the case, the men responsible for the crime have no realisation of the crime they’ve committed.
Mukesh Singh, one of the gang rape convicts has given an interview to the BBC blaming the victim for the sexual assault and murder. Speaking to BBC from jail, Singh said that “A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy.”
The unnamed 23 year old girl who was dubbed Nirbhaya by the media had been raped in Delhi in December 2012 after six men offered her and her male friend a lift in a mini-bus. She was then raped and assaulted with an iron rod. She later succumbed to her injuries. This incident sparked off massive protests against India’s apathy towards sexual violence incidents.
Singh who was the driver of the bus had denied his involvement, till DNA tests proved him wrong. According to Singh, Nirbhaya had received the fatal degree of violence because she and her friend had tried to fight back. Here’s what 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.”
“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 also has a twisted logic to argue against the death penalty that many believe he should receive.
“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.”
What more disgusting can you get? Where is our country heading to? This low comment from a former officer is misery and nothing else. One needs to think about the sensitivity of the unfortunate incident before making comments about the victim and their family. What pain they have been through, is something that cannot imagine Mr. Sangliana. Women empowerment is secondary, learn to respect her dignity first.
Prior to celebrating Women’s Day, there is a need for purification of ideas and mind of such people in India. Because HER respect is not limited to just one day, but she should be respected each day, each second, at every place and by every man.
Source: Republic World