When I saw this in my RSS feeds, my second response – the first one was to roll my eyes – was, “Of course it was her fault; I’m sure she just asked those guys to rape her and, ultimately, take her life…” I read the article and when I read the part where a religious leader said – and I’m paraphrasing here – that if she had invoked the name of God and told them that she was of the “weaker sex,” they would have left her alone.
Really. The article goes on to blame Western ways for the rape/murder and tries to make it seem as if rapes happen everywhere else except in rural India… although the data say otherwise. If/when you read the article, take note of the backhanded comment the defendants’ lawyer made, where he suggests that the dead victim wasn’t a respected woman because, um, respected women don’t get raped, even by gangsters.
It’s rather apparent that here in the 21st century, blaming women for their rape is still ‘fashionable’ in some parts of the world.