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Manohar Lal Sharma: “Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady”

If you are a follower of my blog, you know I am not a person of violent tendencies. This morning, however, I am so thankful to be half a world away from the scum lawyer who would make these statements about a woman so brutally raped by six men that she died of horrendous internal injuries.

I am fighting instincts which would wish him ill. When he accuses rape victims of being responsible for their attacks, it pushes me over the line.

A person should be free to take a bus without fear of assault. And I suspect that there are also male victims, too ashamed to come forward.

Manohar Lal Sharma
Manohar Lal Sharma, lawyer for one of the accused, speaks to journalists outside the Saket district court complex in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 10. Police badly beat the five suspects arrested in the brutal gang rape and killing of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, Sharma said Thursday, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

As the trial of the men charged with the brutal gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi last month gets under way this week, a lawyer for some of the accused suggests the victim was partly to blame for the attack.

Lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma said his clients were innocent and implied that the 23-year-old student must have been in some way responsible for the horrific crime, Bloomberg reports.

“Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,” Sharma said. “Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.”

The lawyer’s controversial comments are sure to anger victim’s advocates, especially in light of somewhat similar sentiments proclaimed by Indian guru Asaram Bapu.

Last week Bapu said the victim should have “taken God’s name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said I consider you as my brother and should have said to the other two ‘Brother I am helpless, you are my brother, my religious brother,'” according to the Hindustan Times.

It is worth noting, however, that a representative for Bapu later said the media distorted the guru’s remarks.

“[He] never made such statements. He just asked his women followers to avoid such situation anyhow,” the rep told Asian News International. “He was only suggesting that women should try their level-best to come out from such situation by using diplomatic ways.”

News outlet The Week compiled a list of several other statements that seem to place blame on the rape victim. The compilation includes a comment from Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana, who suggested the victim stayed out too late.

“Do we roam in streets at midnight as we got Independence at midnight?” Satyanarayana said. “She should have assessed the situation before getting into the bus.”

The attack, which occurred on the evening of Dec. 16, has shocked Indian residents and prompted violent protests in cities across the country, CNN notes.

Sharma, who stepped in to help defend the suspects when many other lawyers refused to represent them, also claimed his clients had been tortured by police while in jail, Time reports.

The main suspect in the trial, the bus driver, will plead not guilty according to Reuters, as will the driver and a third suspect he represents.

“We will plead not guilty. We want this to go to trial,” Sharma said. “We are only hearing what the police are saying. This is manipulated evidence. It’s all on the basis of hearsay and presumption.

January 13, 2013 - Posted by | Civility, Community, Crime, Cultural, India, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Mating Behavior, Safety, Social Issues, Women's Issues | , ,

13 Comments »

  1. Any human whether man or woman has the right to feel safe no matter if they are “respectable” or “non-respectable”. Who are we to judge whether they are respectable or not!
    Just because a woman might be a prostitute that does not justify raping her! Just like killing a man who is a drug addict, just because he MIGHT overdose one day, so we will just kill him anyway??
    Sometimes I wonder how these people think.
    Women shouldnt be forced to sit at home or cover from head to toe, men should learn to control them selves, thats what makes us different from animals.

    Comment by Chirp | January 14, 2013 | Reply

  2. Amen, sister. Honestly, this lawyer is so ignorant, I just want to throttle him; he brings out the violent side of me when he says things like that. NO ONE asks to be raped. And to blame the victim is just disgusting. You are right, it is for men to control themselves.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 14, 2013 | Reply

  3. Manohar Lal Sharma is soooooooooooooo disgusting. He is looking like a criminal so he is supporting the criminal. If the sixth accussed looks like a kid, why dont he invite him to his home and lock his sister/daughter in a room with him. He is very pity of the six guys. He is mad. Blady old guy cant judge the person. He will surely get the sins in his old age. As you sow, so you reap…he should understand this before defending such people.

    Comment by raashi | January 15, 2013 | Reply

  4. Raashi, I have known defense attorneys who can conduct an excellent defense with dignity. This Manohar Lai Sharma has no dignity. It is always good that people can hire someone to protect their rights – and I imagine he is right, that the criminals were beaten before they confessed. I confess I rather like that idea. But to say that a rape victim invites the attack – that is LOW. It is untrue, and it is repulsive, disgusting. No one invites such an inhuman attack.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 15, 2013 | Reply

  5. Reblogged this on wernerschwartz.

    Comment by wernerschwartz | January 16, 2013 | Reply

  6. I wish to god that soon Manohar lal sharma will go through same trauma that poor girl has gone. When he dies his mouth will fill with warms and bugs. Hellraiser will boil him in hot oil. Shameless lawyer he is no.1 criminal. He has no right to be a lawyer of supreme court.

    Comment by Raj | January 19, 2013 | Reply

  7. Raj, I believe he is trying to do the best for his clients, I only object to his demeaning rape victims everywhere by his ignorant statements implying they ask for such brutal and humiliating treatment. We can trust that he will have to face his deeds in the end of times.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 19, 2013 | Reply

    • what clients you are saying, lawyers should work for good not for bad. No No man on earth should support the culprits. They should be killed asap

      Comment by Mohan | February 9, 2013 | Reply

  8. look at this MLSharma.He himself looks like a drunkyard criminal.

    Wonder is was born because his mom was xxxxx my some ruffian in delhi streets so he obviously has sympathy for these rapists

    Comment by jagat.j | January 21, 2013 | Reply

    • Even persons who have not studied physiognomy can make out that this guy could be one of the rapists kindred spirit. He looks like a rapist…a criminal…a real cruel rapist. I say it twice because he looks like he loves being one.

      Comment by chandra | January 24, 2013 | Reply

      • yes indeed he is a rapist

        Comment by Mohan | February 9, 2013

  9. Jagat, watch the language.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 21, 2013 | Reply

  10. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a
    blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

    Comment by Patti | January 21, 2013 | Reply


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