It seems, Ram Singh, the Delhi bus gang rapist and Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Vijayvargiya both believe that rapes are a punishment for Indian women who anger rapists (by not being submissive, and doing as they are told, or by crossing their ‘limits’ or Lakshman rekhas etc). [Links for both, here and here]
The rapist Ram Singh was angered into teaching the Delhi bus gang rape victim a lesson, for crossing her lakshman rekha by being with a male friend in a public space, and then for fighting back.
The Guwahati molesters too accused the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the rapists in the link below also blamed the victim.
“…we were let go, with a final long lecture on what an immoral whore I was to be alone with a boy. That infuriated them more than anything. They acted the whole time as if they were doing me a favour, teaching me a lesson. Theirs was the most fanatical kind of self righteousness.” [Link]
According to Vijayvargiya Sita was also taught a lesson. So we know how far back our culture of victim blaming goes. I was under the impression that Sita was abducted because that’s how men fought with other men even in the ancient Indian culture. Lakshman had chopped Ravan’s sister’s nose (men in Afghanistan still do it), and because Sita was living in exile with her husband the way wives were (still are) expected to do.
What makes some of us come out in such direct support of rapists? Or are we simply trying to threaten Indian women with rapes for disobedience/modernity/self reliance/fearlessness? If that’s not the case, then maybe Mr Vijayvargiya should get out of the world of mythology and rape myths and read the two links below :