Trigger warning: This post deals with sexual assault and murder and may be triggering for victims.
Mukesh Singh, a bus driver who was sentenced to death on September 2013 for the horrific crimes, told an interviewer for upcoming BBC documentary India’s Daughter: “A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night.”
“A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy,” he added. “About 20% of girls are good.”
He also said women who weren’t home doing housework were to blame for attracting rapists’ attention.
The victim, 23-year-old medical student and physiotherapy intern Jyoti Singh, was headed home at night after the movies with a male friend on 16 December 2012 when six males — a 17-year-old boy and five adults — offered the pair a lift on a mini-bus.
The young woman was brutally raped by the group and savagely beaten with iron rods. She died from them thirteen days later in emergency care.
The crime was so horrific, it sparked widespread national and international protests and gained media attention across the world.
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But Singh is apparently without remorse. Speaking from Tahir jail, Delhi in an interview, he insisted that if Jyoti hadn’t struggled and fought back the gang would not have beaten her so harshly.
“She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy,” he said.