‘She’s as guilty as her rapists’: Outrage as Indian guru blames indian rape/murder victim
Asaram Bapu said that the 23 year old victim of the sexual assault by 6 men was partly guilty for her own attack. He added that she should have been more friendly to her attackers if she wanted to preserve her own life. Politicians and web users have reacted with fury to the 71 year old man comment who is supposed to believe in universal love and disgust violence. A judge ordered that the courtroom should be closed to the public after more than 150 people tried to cram in to a room designed for around 30 during the suspects of rape's initial hearing. 'Only five to six people are not the culprits,' Asaram Bapu said. 'The victim is as guilty as her rapists. She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop.' He added: 'This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don't think so.' Sandeep Dikshit, from the ruling Congress party, said, 'Such comments should be condemned as much as possible,' while his colleague Rashid Alvi added that religious figures should 'give serious thought' before commenting on public affairs. 'We demand that Asaram apologise to the women of the country and urge him to take back his words,' protest leader Sanjay Gadhvi said as he revealed plans to deface Asaram's publicity posters and demonstrate outside his talks. A spokesman for the leader denied that he had been insensitive about the woman's death, but added: 'If she would have taken God's name or recited a mantra God inside her might have suggested her to how to avoid such crimes.' Asaram Bapu is currently involved in an investigation into the deaths of two young boys in the grounds of one of his ashram, which the boys' parents blamed on the guru himself. He was also accused of attempted murder in 2009 after a former devotee was shot at, allegedly by hitmen hired by him. The woman, a trainee physiotherapist, was returning to her Delhi home with a male friend on December 16 when the pair were lured on to a bus being driven by six youths. They proceeded to gang-rape her and beat both her and her friend, before leaving them for dead at the side of the road. The woman was flown to hospital in Singapore, but died in the early hours of December 29th. Five of the men currently standing trial for her rape and murder could face the death penalty if found guilty, but the other is aged under 18 and cannot therefore receive a sentence of more than three years in prison. There was a strong police presence with numerous officers stationed outside the court - poignantly located opposite the cinema where the victim watched a film with a friend the night of the attack. 'It has become impossible for this court to conduct proceedings in this case,' judge Namrita Aggarwal said, ordering anyone not directly connected to the case to exit. Prosecutor Mohan, who last week claimed DNA tests confirmed that the blood of the victim matched bloodstains found on the clothes of all the accused, said he was seeking the death sentence given the 'heinous' crime. 'The five accused persons deserve not less than the death penalty,' he said, echoing public sentiment and calls from the victim's family. Police have conducted extensive interrogations. Miss Singh Pandey was raped after she and a male friend, 28-year-old Awindra Pandey, were lured onto a bus as they travelled home from the cinema, where they had been to see blockbuster Life Of Pi. In an interview with Hindi TV channel Zee News, Awindra Pandey said the gang of six men aboard the bus - fitted with curtains and tinted windows - had planned to trap them. Once on the bus, he was attacked and Miss Singh Pandey was gang-raped by a group of allegedly drunk men, including the driver, who also violated her with an iron bar causing immense internal damage that lead to her death, he said.

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