Indian Rapist’s Lawyer Doubles Down on Victim Blaming, As BBC Blocks Documentary

A. P. Singh is the legal representative of two men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in 2012, and he has an idea about how to prevent rape in India.

According to the Daily Mail, Singh had some suggestions.

“To stop rapes, ban celebrations like Valentine’s Day and kiss of love campaigns. This is all blind imitation of the West and doesn’t at all suit the Indian culture.”

Unfortunately, these aren’t the first controversial comments Singh has made in defense of his clients, both of whom were convicted of the brutal rape and beating of Jyoti Singh, a student in Delhi. Jyoti Singh later died from her injuries. They aren’t even the most controversial. During the trial stage of the rape case, Singh also had something to say.

“If my daughter or sister engaged in any pre-marital activity and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farm house and, in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight.”

In a recent documentary about the rape case, India’s Daughter, Singh refused to backpedal on his statements.

One of the rapists, Mukesh Singh, made equally disturbing comments in the documentary about the rape.

“A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy is for rape. A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night…. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes.”

India’s Daughter, hasn’t been without controversy. The Indian government has banned any station from airing the documentary or any clips from it. The Indian government also demanded India’s Daughter be removed from YouTube. It’s unclear why Google, which owns YouTube, complied with the demand from the Indian government, rather than just blocking it from viewers in India. Though there are rumors that the global ban was initiated by the BBC, which produced India’s Daughter. Reportedly, the ban stems from the controversial interview with the rapist and his callous comments about the rape victim and women in general.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr,India’s Daughter is still available on Vimeo. Several Twitter users have also threatened to upload the documentary to file sharing sites if the bans continue.