Justifying a 25 year old Russian girl’s rape, the Goa Minister had alleged that rape victims invite rape on themselves. The Russian consulate has protested, “if the Goa government believes that the rape is justified since the woman was out of her hotel at 2 a.m., it would warn Russian nationals visiting the state” [Link]
[Anonymous, thank you for the link.]
I would say they should warn their citizens when they visit any place where a Minister can say,
“Recent incident when a Russian lady was alleged raped, has been blown out of proportion in the electronic media. The news was telecast for a number of days denigrating and …ing the fair name of Goa. There is no doubt that rape is the heinous crime and anyone who commits the rape must be punished severely but a person allegedly committing rape on a lady with whom the lady had no relationship or acquaintance whatsoever or an alleged rape of a lady who moves with stranger for days together even beyond middle of the night are to be treated on different footings. If an adult male and female move like friends and indulge in sexual activities for ten days and then for the eleventh day they have a fight then allegation of rape against the male has to be cautiously investigated. The Scarlett case spoiled Goa’s name in the past although the young lady herself invited all the offences against her ultimately resulting in her tragic death in the middle of the night on the beach of Goa.”
He is not pained or ashamed that such crimes are happening? Is he shocked that a woman could actually blame a rapist for raping her?
Rape victims in India are conditioned and humiliated into silence. (Click to read how this begins). We start with doubting their word. Then we point to their life style… Why do we go out of our way to make it easy for a rapist? Because that suits everyone. No complains means no crimes. No media coverage. Our reputation is saved.
He denied saying what he said. “I have never said it, I don’t say that, I have never said it …” Watch the video to hear what he claims he never said.
Don’t these wise men realise that such irresponsible statements are a clear message to rapists and criminals? They are also a message to the victims 😦