Guru’s view on Indian rape raises anger, but shared by many

In a recent report by Reuters, “comments by an Indian spiritual leader that a gang-rape victim shared blame for her assault disgusted many in a country shaken by the crime, but his view represents a deep streak of chauvinism shared by a broad swathe of a society in transition.”

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student and a male companion were left bleeding on a highway after she was raped and beaten on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16. She died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital from internal injuries.

“Guilt is not one-sided,” the guru, Asaram Bapu, told followers this week, adding that if the student had pleaded with her six attackers in God’s name, and told them she was of the “weaker sex”, they would have relented. (Read the full story here)

The Manichaean view on this tragedy is that it is being exacerbated by small minded individuals who wish to point the blame the victims and not the attackers.

It would not matter how a woman was dressed, there is no justification for violence against women.

It was not to victims’ “karma” to experience this attack, neither her or her friends.

As long as religious and national leaders teach such ignorant views, they will continue to show the public that they are not worthy to lead them in temporal or spiritual matters.

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