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Delhi Lawyer Representing Accused Rapist-Murderers Blames the Victim

Manohar Lal Sharma

Manohar Lal Sharma

The young woman was a physiotherapy student, 23, lured onto a Delhi bus operating illegally on December 16, 2012, around 10:30 p.m. with her boyfriend. The unidentified boyfriend said that the six men aboard the bus, that had with tinted windows and curtains, had set out to trap someone. The couple was attacked, allegedly by the bus driver, his brother and three others, as well as a youth being tried in juvenile court. The victims were stripped, robbed and beaten with an iron rod. The woman violently gang raped before being sexually assaulted with the iron rod that punctured her internal organs. The ordeal lasted two hours. Then both were thrown off the bus, left to bleed in the road, while passersby ignored them and police did nothing to help. The man survived, but she died of her wounds in Singapore organ transplant hospital December 29. Days ago Crime Library reported that Guru Asaram Bapu blamed her for her attack and death, saying, among other things, that she should have, “chanted God’s name and fallen at the feet of the attackers.”

Now Manohar Lal Sharma, the lawyer representing the driver, the driver’s brother and one other alleged accomplice, is doing it too. In an interview outside the court house Sharma told reporters, “Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,” adding, “Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.” He also said that the woman’s male companion was “wholly responsible” for the incident, saying that the couple should not have been on the streets at night, and that “The man has broken the faith of the woman. … If a man fails to protect the woman, or she has a single doubt about his failure to protect her, the woman will never go with that man.”

Sharma also criticizes hasty police procedure in the case as well as the public for demanding a quick trial. He says his clients are innocent, despite police claims that they have DNA evidence that ties all six men to the murder.

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