“Delhi rapist says victim shouldn’t have fought back” reads the title of an article posted two days ago by the BBC news.
Basically, after coming home later from seeing a film with a friend back in December of 2012, the 23 year old woman boarded a bus with six passengers, five adult males and one juvenile. The men beat both the woman and her friend before each taking turns raping the woman. She later died due to the extent of her injuries.
The bus driver was a man named Mukesh Singh and he claims he stayed near the wheel the entire time while the rape was occurring. He is currently appealing his death sentence.
He showed no remorse while the list of bodily injuries inflicted upon the girl were read out to him.
“A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy,” he said.
Wait, back up. So, what he’s essentially saying here is that “Who cares if she was raped? It’s her own fault for being born in a society that devalues women and improperly raises men to believe that rape is a necessary form of punishment anytime you see a girl and an opportunity.”
He even says at one point during the interview that the rapists “had a right to teach her a lesson”. They KILLED a women for seeing the film Life of Pi with a friend past 8 p.m. and he thinks they had a goddamned right to do this.
Yet he’s appealing his own death sentence, thinking that he himself should not be punished for allowing a rape and murder to take place in the back of his bus.
If you are a girl in India, from the moment you are born you are taught to believe you are “lesser than” a man. You will be forced into following stricter rules. You will be forced to dress a certain way. You will be denied the opportunities your brothers are .given because of your sex. You will be blamed when disgusting pigs rape and murder you.
This is not the case for all Indian women, but it is the sad reality for many of them. Feminism is not taught in school in India as is it in Canada. Women are simply inferior to men, period. Too many Indians accept this as a fact and as a result, younger generations are learning this terrible ideology.
So what can we do?
Well for starters, we can lock up men like Singh who think it’s perfectly acceptable to violate another human being for the sole reason that she is female. We can raise awareness in India and other countries with similar ideologies that women are in fact equal to men. We can raise awareness in our own country which is currently struggling with feminism stigmas and sexism.
We can teach our children that they are equally loved and equally valued in this world.