Lawyer Of Indian Gang Rape Suspects Blames Victim, Says ‘Respected Ladies’ Don’t Get Raped

Protesters demonstrating in Delhi, India in December

Protesters demonstrating in Delhi, India in December

Three of the six men accused of the brutal gang rape of 23-year-old Indian student Jyoti Singh Pandey will plead not guilty, owing to “lapses in the police investigation,” according to their lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma. The men stand accused of murder, rape and abduction (among other charges), while the sixth claims to be under 18, though that has yet to be confirmed. Sharma, a Supreme Court lawyer for the last twenty years, volunteered to represent four of the five adults.

As for those lapses, Sharma claims that in the rush to investigate amid the massive public outcry, the police have bungled the case. He’s also indicated that his clients are traumatized by the ordeal saying, for example, that bus driver Ram Singh is “struggling to communicate and fluctuating between crying and laughing.”

Sharma went on to say Pandey’s male companion (with whom she entered the bus) was “wholly responsible” for the incident. Apparently owing to the fact that “the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.”

Predictably, it gets much worse. He said:

“Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.”

It’s not even clear what his point is.

As for Pandey’s advocates, he insisted they are “just seeking revenge. They are not seeking justice. A defendant has a right to a lawyer, this is a basic principle of a modern society.”

And, via JezebelReuters has an absolutely devastating breakdown of other horrible things about rape and rape survivors said by notable Indians in light of the case, if you’re interested in becoming blind with rage. Apparently future brutal sexual assaults can be prevented by 1) the tried-and-true mini skirt ban, 2) girls wearing more overcoats, 3) a ban on nudity and 4) other stuff that has nothing to do with sexual assault.

Further, rather than blaming any rapists, the horrific incident can instead by attributed to 1) stars being in “adverse positions,” and 2) consumption of fast food.

(Sydney Morning Herald, photo via Wenn)

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    • MR

      The whole world’s watching. Do they want to step forward into the developed world, or remain undeveloped and void of a moral conscience in the eyes of it?

      • sweetpea

        I have to say tho, I don’t think things are any better over here, the way thos boys raped that girl at their frat party and explained it away.

      • MR

        I’m waiting for justice there too. I think the evidence there buries them or am I missing something?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Wells/100000587436363 Ray Wells

        These animals shoved a rod up this girls rectum. Her bowls were hanging out when they took her to the hospital. This is how wild animals kill their prey. This is your daughter or your wife or mother. The frigging court and lawyers are making excuses….come on…These animals need to be disemboweled and castrated in public. American Indians would skin them alive. If some one else wants rape another Indian woman this is what’s going to happen to you. Maybe a few of these sick SOBs would listen-learn . If not then skin the bastards and then disembowel and castrate them.

      • D

        Being developed or undeveloped has NOTHING to do with moral conscience.

      • MR

        Very true. I just meant they should have it in them and show the world they do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steven.lopez.3557 Steven Lopez

      D.N.A the true truth if any of them has her D.N.A on them then case closed and on to hanging.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Wells/100000587436363 Ray Wells

        Well put and supported idea. Tests take a day or two so necks should be stretched in 3-4 days. The truth is they animals will walk away smiling. Some one want to start a termination squad ?? advertise. I’ll support it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewMcVeagh Matthew McVeagh


      ‘Respected Ladies’ Don’t Get Raped”? Absolutely. If someone’s being raped they’re not being respected.

      I realise I’m being disingenuous in terms of what the lawyer actually meant but you could turn round what he said to mean something tautologically true and no defence or excuse at all.