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Indian Guru Suggests Late Gang Rape Victim 'Was Equally Responsible For Attack'

Posted by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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Asaram Bapu, Indian Guru Suggests Late Gang Rape Victim 'Was Equally Responsible For Attack'

Huffington Post UK | By Posted: 07/01/2013 14:53 GMT | Updated: 09/01/2013 11:36 GMT

 

A popular Indian guru has caused mass offence after suggesting the Indian gang rape victim who died on December 30 was equally responsible for the attack.

Addressing his followers, Asaram Bapu said upon being confronted by her attackers, the woman: "...should have taken God's name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said I consider you as my brother and should have said to the other two 'Brother I am helpless, you are my brother, my religious brother.'

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Asaram Bapu has suggested the Delhi gang rape victim was equally responsible for the attack that cost her life

 

"She should have taken God's name and held their hands and feet... then the misconduct wouldn't have happened."

According to the Hindustan Times, Bapu went on to say: "Galti ek taraf se nahi hoti hai (mistake is not committed from one side)."

The Indian Express reports Bapu's comments have sparked political condemnation across the spectrum, with the Indian People's Party (BJP) calling them "regrettable, deeply disturbing and painful."

Bapu is said to have added: "The accused were drunk. If the girl had chanted hymns to Goddess Saraswati and to Guru Diksha then she wouldn't have entered the bus."

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A police officer guides a truck carrying the five suspects into the court precincts

 

Meanwhile Bapu's spokesman Niam Dubey insists her client has been misquoted.

She told Asian News International: "Bapujee never made such statements. He just asked his women followers to avoid such situation.

"He was only suggesting that women should try their level-best to come out from such situation by using diplomatic ways. We request the media not to distort the statement, this will dissolve such a sensitive issue.

"Yes, he said that the girl had made a mistake by taking an empty bus in night. If she had taken ‘Matra-Diksha', the God has might save her anyhow."

On Monday five men were formally charged with the abduction, gang rape and murder of the unnamed 23-year-old student.

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The five accused have been named as Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.

The media was barred from reporting and publishing the proceedings after Delhi Police filed an application for in-camera proceedings.

A sixth suspect who claims to be 17, is expected to be tried in a juvenile court separately, The Associated Press reports. Under Indian law juveniles cannot be prosecuted for murder.

A police report seen by the Hindustan Times alleges the youngest suspect "extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes."

The next hearing will take place on January 10 and the trial is expected to be referred to a new fast-track court.

by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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rfurlongg
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM
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oh my... he is of a different time and I suspect he is simply repeating what he (and many others) have been taught. He is a product of his time. I hope he, his nation, and all those of similar mindset take this opportunity to grow and learn. 

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Indian policemen stand guard at the District Court complex where a new fast-track court was inaugurated Wednesday to deal specifically with crimes against women, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Indian police were preparing Thursday to file rape and murder charges against a group of men accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old university student for hours on a moving bus in New Delhi. The Dec. 16 attack on the woman, who later died of her injuries, has caused outrage across India, sparking protests and demands for tough new rape laws, better police protection for women and a sustained campaign to change society's views about women. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Jan. 3, 2013. Indian police were preparing Thursday to file rape and murder charges against a group of men accused of sexually assaulting the 23-year-old university student for hours on a moving bus in New Delhi. The Dec. 16 attack on the woman, who later died of her injuries, has caused outrage across India, sparking protests and demands for tough new rape laws, better police protection for women and a sustained campaign to change society's views about women

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by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Indian women lawyers shout slogans against police and the government outside the District Court complex where a new fast-track court was inaugurated Wednesday to deal specifically with crimes against women, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Indian police were preparing Thursday to file rape and murder charges against a group of men accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old university student for hours on a moving bus in New Delhi. The Dec. 16 attack on the woman, who later died of her injuries, has caused outrage across India, sparking protests and demands for tough new rape laws, better police protection for women and a sustained campaign to change society's views about women. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

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by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Indians stand in a queue to enter the District Court complex where a new fast-track court was inaugurated Wednesday to deal specifically with crimes against women, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Indian police were preparing Thursday to file rape and murder charges against a group of men accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old university student for hours on a moving bus in New Delhi. The Dec. 16 attack on the woman, who later died of her injuries, has caused outrage across Indiasparking protests and demands for tough new rape laws, better police protection for women and a sustained campaign to change society's views about women. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

An Indian man holds a placard and stands outside the District Court complex where a new fast-track court was inaugurated Wednesday to deal specifically with crimes against women, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Indian police were preparing Thursday to file rape and murder charges against a group of men accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old university student for hours on a moving bus in New Delhi.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

An Indian woman lawyer shouts slogans against police and the government outside the District Court complex where a new fast-track court was inaugurated Wednesday to deal specifically with crimes against women, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:44 PM

A young Indian girl lights a candle in memory of a gang-rape victim in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.

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by Platinum Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

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