In a country where reports of rapes are on the rise and violence against women remains a public flash point, politicians and police are routinely in the news for insensitive remarks about sexual violence, including blaming rapes on women — for wearing provocative clothing, flirting on their cellphones and staying out too late at night. “They are boys. Mistakes happen,” one state politician said.
Looking at what the Indian judges say about this:
1. A judge in Delhi said there was a “very disturbing trend” of young women consenting to sex with their lovers and then claiming rape.
2. The same judge also said that women who engage in premarital sex are “immoral.”
3. A retired judge in the state of Kerala said child prostitution “is not rape.”
4. A 14-year-old girl’s rapist was acquitted because she did not fight “like a wild animal” during the sexual assault.
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