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Nirbhaya's parents outraged after convict blames women for rapes, Home Ministry steps in

Mar 03, 2015 10:51 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: After furor over the interview of one of the convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case, the Home Ministry is in damage control mode. Mukesh Kumar, who is on death row in the rape case, showed no remorse for the rape during the interview he gave to British filmmaker Leslee Udwin.

Sources in the Home Ministry say that they will seek a report from Tihar jail authorities on whether norms were followed in granting the interviewer the access to the convict.

Udwin had interviewed Kumar as part of her documentary India's Daughter. In the interview, Kumar reportedly said that women are more responsible for rape than men.

Jail authorities claim that the filmmaker should have shown them excerpts of the interview before making it public. The Home Ministry is looking into a complaint by Jail authorities that the documentary violated the norms laid down.

In the interview, which is to be aired on BBC on March 8, Kumar says, "A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her'. The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her."

The parents of the braveheart have been outraged over Mukesh's statement in the documentary for BBC. "Such people don't want women in India to have freedom. Girls can work or travel whenever they want. His statements hold no value," said the aggrieved father of Nirbhaya.

Her mother also blamed the leniency of Indian laws for such a behaviour. "He says that giving death sentence to rapists will make rapes brutal and perpetrators kills victims. Are girls safe now? If that's true, why did he kill Nirbhaya then," her mother asked.