Self-proclaimed spiritual guru Asaram Bapu has garnered unwanted scorn after being quoted by the Times of India as saying in regards to gang-rape/murder case in Delhi:
“Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim is as guilty as her rapists… She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so,”
The victim, age 23, to whom Bapu is referring, was raped while riding a bus with a male friend, by five men and a juvenile, and died of her wounds in a hospital 13 days after the attack. Bapu added that he is against stricter punishment for the accused: Ram Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, who are charged, among other things with murder, rape and kidnapping. The juvenile is being charged and tried separately.
Bapu’s spokesman, Neelam Dube, says that Bapu was misquoted, “His statement is being misquoted…he just said that the victim is 1% to be blamed,” Dube said. “She shouldn’t have taken that bus. He was just asking his female devotees to be careful, media is misquoting him.”