'Nirbhaya' invited rape, says Delhi gangrape accused; Rajnath Singh seeks reply from Tihar

New Delhi, ANI | Updated : 03 March 2015, 02:54 PM

One of the five accused convicted of raping and murdering Nirbhaya on a bus in Delhi in 2012 has reportedly blamed the victim for the ordeal, saying that she should not have fought back.

While speaking to BBC Four from his cell in an interview that appears in India's Daughter, a BBC Storyville documentary , Mukesh Singh said that a girl is "far more responsible for rape" than a boy, reported agencies.

While remarking that housework and housekeeping was the domain of girls and not roaming in discos and bars at night "doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes," he added that only 20 percent of the girls were good.

He showed no remorse for the attack which he referred to as an "accident."

Seeking action against the controversial interview given to BBC, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday sought a report from New Delhi's Tihar jail authorities.

He took a serious note of the interview given by accused Mukesh Kumar to the foreign channel over a crime that created outrage among the Indian masses.

Singh was driving the bus in which the attack took place. He has been handed down death penalty by court and has always denied taking part in the attack.

However, he said that the rape was the 23-year-old student's fault, adding that she might still be alive today had she not fought back.

Singh said that executing him and the other convicts in the case will further endanger rape victims as now, when girls are raped, they will not leave the victim "like we did" but will kill her.

The two lawyers, who were defending the men, also took part in the interview and shared their client's views, blaming the victim.

The attack took place in December 2012 when Nirbhaya, a medical student, was returning back home with a friend after watching movie at a mall in south Delhi.

They were offered a ride by one of the many private buses plying the streets. It had five men and a 17-year-old boy on board.

After boarding the bus, Nirbhaya's friend was beaten and she was dragged to the back of the moving bus and gang raped in a "horrific 45-minute ordeal."

She suffered several injuries to her abdomen, genitalia and intestines.

Nirbhaya and her friend were then thrown off the bus and despite attempts to save her, she died 13 days later.

The BBC interview with Singh will be broadcast on March 8.

First Published: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 01:58 PM
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