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18 Comments Glorifying Rape That Have Been Broadcast In India

With the documentary India's Daughter prohibited from being aired on television due to its provocative content, here's what some authority figures have said about rape recently.

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On 3 March, Delhi police obtained a restraining order that prevents the BBC documentary India's Daughter, which includes an interview with 16 December rapist Mukesh Singh, from being published or transmitted on air. The order states that "British filmmaker Leslee Udwin from BBC interviewed Mukesh Singh" and that Singh "made offensive and derogatory remarks against women creating an atmosphere of fear and tension with the possibility of public outcry and law and order situation".

As the debate over the documentary and whether the views of the rapist should be aired rages on, here are some things that have been said publicly about rape by prominent leaders and authority figures in India.

1. “The victim is as guilty as her rapists. … She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop.”

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– Spiritual leader and alleged rapist Asaram Bapu on the Delhi gang rape and murder

"Only 5–6 people are not the culprits," Firstpost reported Bapu saying. "The victim 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.

"Had she recited the Saraswati mantra, she would not have boarded any bus after watching a movie with her boyfriend."

2. "Boys are boys, they make mistakes."

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– Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi party chief

"Boys and girls ... later they had differences, and the girl went and gave a statement that I have been raped," Yadav said while campaigning in Moradabad. "And then the poor fellows, three of them have been sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes. Two or three have been given the death sentence in Mumbai. We will try and change such laws. ... We will also ensure punishment of those who report false cases."

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3. "Young people go drinking and it often leads to law and order problems. Our sisters and daughters are getting spoilt."

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– Sudin Dhavalikar, Goa Public Works Department minister

"For their own protection on public beaches, women should not wear bikinis. Pub culture is not Indian culture and we don't want Western culture. Young people go drinking and it often leads to law and order problems. Our sisters and daughters are getting spoilt. Goa was a city of temples and churches. We don't want pub tourism.

"The [practice of] young girls going to pubs in short dresses does not fit in our culture. What will happen to our Goan culture, if we allow this? This must stop."

4. Choose between a “promiscuous culture” and a “safe environment".

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– Satyapal Singh, Mumbai police commissioner, after the Shakti Mills gang rape in Mumbai

"We have to strike a balance. On the one hand you want to have a promiscuous culture and on the other hand you want a safe and secure environment for the people.

"Should couples be allowed to kiss in public? … Should they be allowed to indulge in all obscene things?"

5. "Rape is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong."

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– Babulal Gaur, BJP politician and Madhya Pradesh home minister

"It is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Unless a complaint is filed, nothing happens. It is not possible for any government to ensure that rape is not committed. Action can be taken only after the act is done.

"Unless the person wants, no one can dare touch her. The item numbers in films create a bad environment."

6. Women are “equally responsible” for crimes committed against them.

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– Vibha Rao, chair of the Chhattisgarh State Women Commission

"Women display their bodies and indulge in various obscene activities. Women are unaware of the kind of message [their actions] generate."

According to Rao, other reasons for sexual offences against women include ignorance of Hindu epics that teach values, proliferation of the internet, and the breakdown of joint families: "Joint family system is disintegrating and hence cultural values are not inculcated in kids."

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7. “Women should not venture out with men who are not relatives.”

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– Samajwadi party MLA Abu Azmi on increased incidences of rapes in India

"Women should not venture out with men who are not relatives. What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped. Such incidents [as the Delhi gang rape] happen due to influence of western culture," DNA reported Azmi saying.

"In the urban culture, where women are out with their boyfriends till late in the night skimpily dressed, rape instances are bound to be higher than in rural areas where women are mostly confined to their homes and are dressed properly."

8. “What is happening is we have imbibed the US. We have lost all the values we had in cities.”

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– Ashok Singhal, VHP leader, on why rapes in India are increasing

"This Western model is alarming. What is happening is we have imbibed the US. We have lost all the values we had in cities."

Before the British arrived to rule India, "Virginity was preserved. But the purity has been totally disturbed (now). … We are losing it."

9. Ninety per cent of rapes are "consensual".

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– Dharamveer Goyat, Hisar Congress spokesperson

"I have no hesitation in saying that about 90% of the girls consensually go with men and become targets of rape," Goyat said, when asked about the rising number of rape cases in Haryana.

"Rape stories are cooked up. The media is picking up old incidents. Their role should be probed."

10. “Where ‘Bharat’ becomes ‘India’ with the influence of western culture, these type of incidents happen.”

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– Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief, after the Delhi gang rape

"Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. It is a dangerous trend. But such crimes won't happen in Bharat or the rural areas of the country. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gang rape or sex crimes.

"Where 'Bharat' becomes 'India' with the influence of Western culture, these type of incidents happen. The actual Indian values and culture should be established at every stratum of society where women are treated as 'mother'."

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11. "We should stop our girls from wearing jeans."

– Ranvir Singh, Haryana Khap Panchayat leader

"We should pay more attention to where our girls are going. A mobile phone is like a disease. It should be banned. We should stop our girls from wearing jeans."

12. "Girls should be married at 16, so that they have their husbands for their sexual needs, and don't need to go elsewhere."

— Sube Singh Samain, Haryana Khap Panchayat leader

"If consensual sex with a 16-year-old is not rape, why can't girls be married at 16? I think that girls should be married at the age of 16, so that they have their husbands for their sexual needs, and don't need to go elsewhere. This way, rapes will not occur."

13. "Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts."

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– Jitender Chattar, Haryana Khap Panchayat leader

"Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance, evoking an urge to indulge in acts such as rape and sex. You also know the impact of chowmein, which is a spicy food, on our body. Hence, our elders too advised to eat light and nutritious food."

14. “Pretty women” who protest against rapes are “dented and painted”.

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– Abhijit Mukherjee, Indian politician and son of president Pranab Mukherjee

On women taking to the streets to protest against the Delhi gang rape: "This is almost like the Pink Revolution. These women who are protesting have no contact with ground reality. These pretty women, dented and painted, who come for protests are not students. I have seen them speak on television, usually women of this age are not students."

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15. “Just because the country attained independence at midnight, is it proper for women moving at midnight?”

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– Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana on the Delhi gang rape

"Just because the country attained independence at midnight, is it proper for women moving at midnight? That particular woman [the Delhi rape victim] should have applied her mind before boarding the private bus. Anyway, it was a small incident."

16. Rapes are on the rise because “men and women interact with each other more freely now".

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– Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal

"Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded, but now everything is so open," Banerjee said. "It's like an open market with open options."

On news channels highlighting rape stories: "Every evening, these people have juicy discussions about one or two incidents [of rape]. They are insulting the mothers and daughters of Bengal day after day.

"Everyday rape incidents are being highlighted as if the entire state has become the land of rapists. Rape is sought to be glorified by these people. This will not be tolerated by people. I would like to say that negative journalism only destroys and it is time to champion positive journalism."

17. If women dress provocatively, then “rapes are not in the control of the police".

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– Dinesh Reddy, police chief of Andhra Pradesh

"Now, wealth has increased, corporate styles have seeped into the villages bringing in liquor and other cosmopolitan cultures," the Hindustan Times reported Reddy as saying. "These modern women are more vulnerable to rapes.

"When you are taking food which gives good josh [energy], you tend to be more naughty as time passes. I am giving you down-to-earth facts. Rapes are not in the control of the police. … Even the villagers from coastal Andhra are wearing salwar-kameez [as against traditional dress]. All these things provoke."

18. "Male pigeons always chase female pigeons. It's an animal instinct."

– Kiran Bedi, BJP Leader and former IPS officer

"If you closely watch animals, I've seen a male bird exactly doing to a female bird what this man did. I've seen this happen. It's an animal instinct. Nature is one thing, nurturance is the other thing. This man never went through nurturance," Bedi tweeted, comparing Mukesh Singh to a pigeon and blaming his actions on animal instinct.

(Noticed male pigeons chasing females always) — do your pigeons do gang-rapes? #justasking http://t.co/b7DD1pmAQK…

Read more about India's Daughter here.