I watched the controversial BBC documentary India’s Daughter, which is based on the brutal rape and murder of a woman in a moving bus in Delhi in 2012. While the culprit’s impenitent philosphy gave me a shock, even more shocking were the theories expressed by his advocates. Any sensible advocate who defends the culprits in such a case would try to seek loopholes in the story that cannot be stitched together and proved absolutely, and plead for a lesser punishment. But these douche bags share the same view as their client, and went on record that women are not part of Indian culture, and that decent women must not go out with a friend after 6:30 pm.
While he has a point that India is not safe for women after 6:30 pm, professionals like him should not encourage the public to keep up that tradition. One advocate would be happy to set ablaze his daughter and subject her to involuntary euthanasia if she committed pre-marital sex. The government is more eager to ban the documentary than protecting the women. My opinion is that the documentary is a must-watch and that it underscores a disturbing fact – the criminals are contained, but the crime is not.
Photo: Photo of the culprit, from the documentary.