Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists… She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.
In a gist he meant, the girl, Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was inhumanly raped by six men was at fault. Another moral brigade commenting without thinking?
The original video has been deleted from his official account. But we came across a recording of the same on a video sharing channel. Here is an excerpt of what Asaram Bapu said. You can also see the video –
Asaram Bapu’s unacceptable statement
In your own Delhi, that girl who was victimised and who died in Singapore, 5-6 people did wrong to her; let me talk about that. I had said that day only when she was being taken to Singapore, that she will breathe her last there. God tells me, so I tell you all this. (FYI, Asaram Bapu is a self proclaimed God man).
I think we should talk to her family and tell them that we are ready to offer our services and serve them, as now their earning member (daughter) is no more.
Now coming to the crime. Those who did the crime were sharaabi. But if that girl had taken diksha, she wouldn’t have gone out with a boyfriend and gotten into any bus. And even if she did get into the bus and the six men attacked her, she would have chanted mantra (taken God’s name) and held one of their hands and said “I make you my brother”. If she would have called the men her brothers and begged them, touched their feet, all this would not have happened.
She was traveling in a white bus. When the rapists assaulted her, my heart did pain. But if she had taken diksha, then this would not have happened. And even if one of the accused had taken diksha this would not have happened, he would have tried to stop the others.
He further says that he is against strict laws against such criminals. Reason – the law could be misused like it often happens in dowry accuses. A girl can simply accuse a man of raping and then an innocent man may get punished.
His comments come at a time when the entire nation is mourning the death of the young 23 year old student, the victim of a heinous crime in Delhi. And when people are finally waking up to raise their voices to make safety of women a important issue.
Asaram Bapu joinds the bandwagon of moral police (perhaps?) who think woman are responsible for the crimes against them. What do you have to say to such men?