Mukesh Singh has been sentenced to death for the 2012 gang rape of a woman in India who later died of her wounds, and the convicted rapist is now offering an excuse for why the woman had to die — she refused to accept being raped and instead fought back.
Singh was one of four men convicted in the shocking rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh, whose case drew worldwide attention to the problem of sexual assault in the world’s second-largest county by population.
Now, in an interview with the BBC, Mukesh Singh is sparking even more outrage. The rapist said Singh’s death was an accident, and blamed her for trying to fight off her attackers.
“When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape,” he said. “Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’ and only hit the boy.”
Jyoti Singh was coming home from seeing a movie with a male friend when six men offered them a ride in a mini-bus they were driving. The group then set upon her, raping the student and beating her with iron bars. She died days later, setting off countless protests to draw attention to the seemingly widespread violence against women in India.
One of the other rapists, Ram Singh, was found dead in 2013 of an apparent suicide.
Mukesh Singh added that it is a woman’s fault if she ends up getting raped.
“You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands. A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night,” he told the BBC Storyville program.
“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 percent of girls are good.”
Mukesh Singh has an even stranger view about his own sentence. He claimed that his death penalty would actually make it more dangerous for women because rapists “won’t leave the girl like we did. They will kill her.”
“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,” he said
Mukesh Singh is set to be put to death for the 2012 Delhi gang rape, but he is awaiting the results of a supreme court appeal.
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