So a woman (Zohal Hameed) accuses a man (Royal Challengers Bangalore player Luke Pomersbach, 27), of molesting her and of beating her fiance when he attempted to stop the assault.
What do you expect next if this happened in India?
Yes, some kind of attempt to justify the alleged molestation.
Take a look at this tweet by Sidhartha Mallya (director of the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore).
“The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he hit her ‘fiance’…what a load of fX#$%g s#$t. She was all over me last night and asked for me bbm pin, so if he was her fiance she wasn’t exactly behaving like a future wife.”
I was glad to read that “defamation notice has been sent to Sidhartha Mallya (director of the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore) for his remarks on Twitter in the molestation case involving one of his players”. I was even more glad to read that the Ms Zohal Hameed “has also reportedly lodged a complaint with the Delhi commission for women against Mr Mallya for his tweets on the incident.” [link]
For some reason Siddartha Mallya does not say he would defend the truth, he says,
“I will do everything I can do defend my player,” (Hear Sidhartha Mallya defend his tweets)
A reporter can also be heard asking Ms Zohal Hameed,
“Everyone is asking the same question, what’s your background, because if there are aspersions on your character… What’s your background, what you do, where you come here…“
Supposing it turns out that Zohal does not meet the reporters’/everyone’s standards of an ideal victim of sexual assault then do the allegations need to be investigated or not?
Now, contrast Siddartha Mallya’s response with Anil Kumble’s response. [link]
“Whatever reports I have seen …is from the press and the media so far have been disappointing, and.. you know …Luke so far with the IPL has been exceptional but it’s an unfortunate incident so we will certainly not play Luke henceforth… we will give full cooperation to whoever is investigating in this. I am sure internally also we will look into this matter, it’s a very serious matter and and we will certainly look into this.”
India needs to learn whether or not a woman behaves like a wife or ‘a future wife’ (or bad wife, good wife, past wife, never can be a wife etc) allegations of a sexual assault need to be taken seriously so that a strong message is sent out to potential rapists that they would not find support in form of victim blaming.