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Indian guru blames victim for Delhi bus gang-rape: “Mistake is not committed from one side”

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Asarama BapuAn Indian spiritual guru called “Bapu” sparked outrage at a sermon when he told his followers that the Delhi bus gang-rape wouldn’t have happened if the young woman “had chanted God’s name and fallen at the feet” of her rapists. The comment outraged many in India where anti-rape rallies have been staged to protest against violence on women since the gang-rape of the 23-year-old female on December 16.

Asaram Bapu’s comment “drew widespread condemnation”, writes The Daily Mail, and the victim’s friend believes the guru should be punished. The Indian Congress urged the guru to apologize for his remarks. The spokesman for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said to make a comment regarding a crime that shocked the nation was “disturbing and painful”.

Bapu said:

She should have taken God’s name and held their hands and feet… then the misconduct wouldn’t have happened. Mistake is not committed from one side. The accused were drunk. If the girl had chanted hymns to Goddess Saraswati, then she wouldn’t have entered the bus…

Five men have been charged with murder of the young female student. The sixth rapist is a minor and will be tried by a juvenile court. If guilty of murder, the five adult rapists could be hanged. The young female student died of her injuries at a Singapore hospital thirteen days after the gang-rape.




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