This image is being shared on facebook and had 399 likes, 306 shares and 217 comments when I last saw it. Warning: The language used in the post and the comments is disgusting.
Here’s what it says,
Thoo… Thoo… (spit) on the face of this doctor woman. This is woman agricultural scientist Anita Shukla. This woman calls herself a doctor but she thinks like a prostitute. She talks trash, says the Delhi bus gang rape victim should have surrendered when she was surrounded by six rapists, atleast she would have saved her intestines. What would you say to this Kulta?
(Kulta is a term used to insult women, roughly translated it means, a woman who has blackened her face by not following Patriarchal norms.)
In this case Anita Shukla criticised the rape victim for being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in wrong clothes, in wrong company, and for not handling the crime in the right way. Anita Shukla felt the victim should have ‘surrendered’ when she saw she could not fight back. (Meaning the rape vicitm should have valued her life more than her ‘honor’?)
‘The victim should have surrendered when surrounded by six men, at least it could have saved her intestines’. [Link]
Many Indians believe they know exactly how women can control sexual assaults, and I assumed she was only being condemned for blaming and shaming the victim.
But Indian understanding of crimes against women seems to stop at how it affects their honor. And yet there is hope, because many comments did seem to believe that a rape victim choosing her life over her ‘honor’ was not a shameful thing to do.
And here are some of the comments,
“kyoki doctor banane ke liye is aurat ne esa hi kiya hoga,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,chhhiii gandi aurat”
Translation: “because she must have done something like this to become a doctor… yuck dirty woman!” (implying she must have slept with someone to be awarded her degree)
There is so much that is wrong with this one comment. For one, the commenter seems to have no clue that a brutal rape and consensual sex for any benefit are not the same thing.
” **** **** character less.”Suggesting a rape victim saves her life instead of her ‘honor’ makes makes the person suggesting this ‘characterless’?
“Aji Dr. Sahiba vo jina bhi kis kam ka jiske liye apni atma ko marna pade, is time kam se kam ye duniya uske sath jiske aap nahi or aap jaise soch ki nariyo n hi un **** ko ye himmat di h”Translation: Hey doctor ma’am, what’s this life worth if one’s soul has to be killed (to save that life)? This time, atleast the world is with her who you are condemning. Women who think like you have made these rapists so bold.