Past in Perspective

2016-02-27T23:08:22+05:00

“A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20% of girls are good.”

–Mukesh Singh, rapist of Jyoti Singh, 2012.

In 2012 an Indian student was violently raped on a moving bus in Delhi and died of horrific internal injuries. The 23-year-old woman had been to see a film, the Life of Pi, with a male friend. At 8.30pm they boarded an off-duty bus, with six men on board, five adults and a juvenile. The men beat the friend and each raped the woman in turn, before assaulting her viciously with an iron instrument.

Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus, has described every detail of what happened during and after the incident. In 16 hours of interviews, Singh showed no remorse and kept expressing bewilderment that such a fuss was being made about this rape, when everyone was at it. People “had a right to teach them a lesson” he suggested - and he said the woman should have put up with it. When asked him how he could cross the line from imagining what he wanted to do, to actually doing it - given her height, her eyes, her screams - he looked as though it was crazy to even ask such a question and said: “She was beggar girl. Her life was of no value.”

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