An Indian Judge Called a Rape Victim’ Unbecoming,’ Proved Anger in Public

An Indian Judge Called a Rape Victim' Unbecoming,' Proved Anger in Public
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An Indian Judge has been put under pressure for removing his judgment from the court orders, which questioned the behavior of a rape victim woman. 

Last week, Justice Krishna S Dixit, appointed at the Karnataka High Court, granted bail to the alleged rapist and stated that the statements given by the victim are “a bit difficult to believe”.

Further, the Judge said- “The explanation offered by her that after the perpetration of the act she was tired and fell asleep is unbecoming of an Indian woman,” 

He added this is “not the way our women react when they are ravished”.

The Justice asked the victim some of the controversial questions, including- why she had gone “to her office at night – at 11 pm; how come she allowed the rapist” to stay with her till morning,” and why had she “not objected to consuming drinks with him.”

This provoked a wave of protest against the Justice. Protesters started asking the Judge if there is any “guide” or “rulebook” to being a victim of rape. Angered people shared elaboration of Justice’s statement online, and it went viral soon. The subject of this illustration was- “An Indian judge’s guide to being the ideal rape survivor”.

A senior Lawyer from Delhi, Aparna Bhat, wrote an open letter to the Chief Justice of India and to the female judges appointed at the Supreme Court regarding the matter. 

Ms. Bhat wrote- “Is there a protocol for rape victims to follow post the incident which is written in the law that I am not aware of? Are ‘Indian women’ an exclusive class who have unmatched standards post being violated?”

On the other hand, a Bangalore-based women’s right activist, Madhu Bhushan referred to Justice’s language and way of interrogation as “absolutely uncalled for” and “shocking.”

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Source- BBC News