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January 10 2013 9:51 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
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The lawyer representing three of the men charged with the gang rape and murder of a medical student aboard a moving bus in New Delhi has blamed the victims for the assault, saying he has never heard of a “respected lady” being raped in India.

Manohar Lal Sharma said his clients will plead not guilty to all charges today when they make their next court appearance. His comments come as Indians have reacted with outrage to the opinions of politicians and a religious preacher who have accused westernized women of inviting sexual assaults. Sharma said the male companion of the murdered 23-year-old was “wholly responsible” for the incident as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.

“Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,” Sharma said in an interview at a cafe outside the Supreme Court in India’s capital. “Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.”


Sharma’s comments highlight frequently aired attitudes toward women in India. Activists say reporting of sex crimes and police investigations of rape are hindered by a tendency to blame the victim for not following the traditional, conservative social roles ascribed to women.

“This is the mentality which most Indian men are suffering from unfortunately,” said Ranjana Kumari, director for the New Delhi-based Centre for Social Research. “That is the mindset that has been perpetrating this crime because they justify it indirectly, you asked for it so it is your responsibility.”

‘Chant God’s Name’

A spiritual guru, Asharam, sparked an outcry earlier this week when he said the New Delhi victim was equally responsible and should have “chanted God’s name and fallen at the feet of the attackers” to stop the assault.

Mohan Bhagwat, the head of the pro-Hindu Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh that underpins the country’s main opposition political party, said rapes only occur in Indian cities, not in its villages, because women there adopt western lifestyles.

Sharma said the man and woman should not have been traveling back late in the evening and making their journey on public transport. He also said it was the man’s responsibility to protect the woman and that he had failed in his duty.

“The man has broken the faith of the woman,” Sharma said yesterday. “If a man fails to protect the woman, or she has a single doubt about his failure to protect her, the woman will never go with that man.”


Sharma, 56, a Supreme Court lawyer for the last two decades, says that his clients are innocent.

Courtroom Chaos

“This is a very complicated case and the matter has not been solved yet,” he said. Police have said they have DNA evidence linking all six to the crime.


Ram Singh, the driver of the bus and the alleged ringleader, is struggling to communicate and fluctuating between crying and laughing, Sharma said. Sharma, who has also been appointed to represent Singh’s brother Mukesh and Akshay Kumar Singh, who is unrelated, plans to challenge police over their handling of the evidence.

Sharma’s appointment comes after chaotic scenes on Jan. 7 that forced the magistrate to order a private hearing over concerns for the safety of the accused. Sharma was one of two lawyers denounced by other advocates for volunteering to represent the defendants. Arguments and scuffles over his offer led the magistrate to order the court room be cleared and future sessions to be held behind closed doors.

The gang rape of the woman on Dec. 16 provoked a sustained and charged debate about the safety of women in the world’s biggest democracy. The brutality of the crime and allegations by the male friend of the victim that it took police 45 minutes to respond to calls outraged the nation.

Three Illiterate

The attack on the woman and her friend, which led to her death almost two weeks later, forced the government to address demands for swifter justice, safer streets and heavier sentences in rape cases. India’s top court on Jan. 4 began considering demands for faster trials and the suspension of lawmakers accused of sex crimes.

Sharma said he met the defendants for the first time on Jan. 7 for 15 minutes and was due to talk with them again yesterday. The three defendants he is representing put their thumb prints on forms appointing Sharma as their lawyer because they are illiterate, according to a copy of the documents given to Bloomberg News.

Five of the six accused will be tried for abduction, rape and murder, among other charges, government prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said Jan. 6. The other, said to be a juvenile, has been appearing before a separate judicial panel.

The male friend of the woman who was repeatedly raped and brutalized aboard the bus last month has recounted the two-hour attack which ended with the couple being thrown on to the roadside, ignored by passersby and argued over by police.

Rape Trap

In a Jan. 4 interview with the Zee News television channel, the man, who along with the rape victim hasn’t been officially identified, described how they were lured on to the bus operating illegally on the night of Dec. 16 as they returned home from a movie theater in a southern neighborhood of the Indian capital.

The six men aboard the bus, “which had tinted windows and curtains, had laid a trap for us,” he told the channel. “They beat us up, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch.” The woman, who was flown to Singapore for medical treatment, died in the hospital Dec. 29.

Sharma says there are number of discrepancies in the police’s version of the events, which he will reveal in court. The only example he was willing to give is the failure of the police almost three weeks after the attack to determine whether one of the accused is a juvenile.

Sharma criticized the lawyers of a local district association who have said no advocates should represent the accused.

“These people are just seeking revenge,” Sharma said. “They are not seeking justice. A defendant has a right to a lawyer, this is a basic principle of a modern society.”






I cannot.


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January 10 2013 9:59 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
I need to stop reading news stories that you post because its going to eventually cause me to light my computer on fire.
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January 10 2013 10:05 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: Dianana

A spiritual guru, Asharam, sparked an outcry earlier this week when he said the New Delhi victim was equally responsible and should have “chanted God’s name and fallen at the feet of the attackers” to stop the assault.


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January 10 2013 10:06 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
if there was a god it would have lit the earth on fire in an attempt to become a second sun
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January 10 2013 10:18 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: brian.
Originally posted by: Dianana

A spiritual guru, Asharam, sparked an outcry earlier this week when he said the New Delhi victim was equally responsible and should have “banged a pot and a pan together, producing a loud clanging sound” to stop the assault.


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January 10 2013 10:25 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
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I need to stop reading news stories that you post because its going to eventually cause me to light my computer on fire.



I've been so mad for a while that it has just turned into
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January 10 2013 11:24 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Those dudes are gonna hang.
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January 10 2013 11:25 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
I believe at least one of them has leveled accusations of abuse by cops whilst in jail awaiting trial. Not surprised, but I still can't condone that, either.
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January 10 2013 4:48 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
another lawyer for the pit.
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January 10 2013 5:22 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
They still use this defense in America too
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January 10 2013 5:42 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
I know.
Only sluts get raped.
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January 10 2013 5:53 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Only a straight up whore would get raped with and disemboweled by a metal rod. And if her companion wasn't such a chump he'd have been able to fend off 6 dudes with weapons.
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January 10 2013 6:32 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
“They are not seeking justice. A defendant has a right to a lawyer, this is a basic principle of a modern society.”


Yeah, and women not being raped to death with a metal rod for any reason, much less for being on the bus too late at night with a man is a basic principle of modern society. That rape is never excusable, even with the sluttiest slut in slutville is a basic principle of a modern society.

Fuck all these guys... with a metal fucking rod... lubed with hot sauce and salt.
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January 10 2013 6:41 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
she was studying to become a doctor, and obviously worth so much more than all of them put together. her father had mortaged property to pay for her education because they were poor. on the night she was attacked, she was taking a rare break from her schoolwork.
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February 8 2013 7:55 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
as for her attackers, this story has gotten so much press over there that they might be safer in jail. at the same time, no lynching or summary execution could really come close to what they put her through.
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February 8 2013 9:26 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: crunkmoose

“They are not seeking justice. A defendant has a right to a lawyer, this is a basic principle of a modern society.”


Yeah, and women not being raped to death with a metal rod for any reason, much less for being on the bus too late at night with a man is a basic principle of modern society. That rape is never excusable, even with the sluttiest slut in slutville is a basic principle of a modern society.

Fuck all these guys... with a metal fucking rod... lubed with hot sauce and salt.



And broken glass... and not a metal rod but a splintery old baseball bat.
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