British student Kaya Eldridge alleged that she was molested by the local plumber in her flat in Ahemdabad.
I am not surprised that the defence lawyer allegedly wanted to know if she drank or smoked, I have no idea if he wanted to know what she was wearing… but I would be surprised if he didn’t.
But what puzzled me was that they allegedly spoke to her in Gujarati.
Elridge found the “experience in court ” “intensely humiliating. [link]
‘Even public prosecutor J S Joshi left the court during cross examination to attend hearing in another case, she complained.’ [Link]
‘Eldridge broke down in the court and pleaded for privacy in the trial after alleged hostile questioning by the defence lawyer. “I felt powerless and helpless–as if I did not have a voice. Nobody was listening. I felt as if I was not being respected. I felt as if I had been stripped of dignity.’ [link]
Why is this so easy to believe ?
She also said, ‘Everyone in the courtroom was laughing at me.'[link]
So I am glad she is strong and says “It is important to come out and say that this is unacceptable behaviour. I will stay in India till the end of the case. I don’t intent to be chased out soon.” [Link]
Made me want to clap. My best wishes to Kaya Elridges.
‘The girl’s lawyer Meena Jagtap strongly objected to defence lawyer Sanjay Prajapati’s remark: “If I were a woman, I would have filed a case against a man every day.” The Bar Council of India has also reportedly decided to file a case against the defence lawyer.’ [Link]
I agree with Indo Canadian, a commenter, “The level of sexual abuse attacks in India is disgusting. A woman can’t even walk down the street without having strangers grope her, it’s even more horrifying when a man does this in her home. Indian culture needs to develop respect for women.” [link]
It really does.