I almost can't believe that anyone would ever say aloud the words spoken by Mukesh Singh, one of the men convicted for the brutal rape and murder of Jyoti Singh (no relation), a 23-year old medical school student. Jyoti and her male companion had just gone to see the film The Life of Pi when they got on an off-duty Delhi bus one Sunday night in December 2012. On the bus were five men and one teenage male who knocked her friend unconscious with a rod before raping Jyoti and penetrating her with a rod with so much force she had to have most of her intestines removed. She died two weeks later from these injuries she had sustained to her abdomen.


Mukesh Singh defends himself by saying he didn't rape Jyoti. But the court found that DNA evidence indicated otherwise.  And let's for argument's sake say he didn't rape her, at very least he drove the bus as the other men, one of whom was his brother, took turns essentially raping her to death. And the police also say that Mukesh tried to run Jyoti and her friend over, after they were thrown off the bus.

Regardless of whether Mukesh tried to kill Jyoti and her friend, directly participated in raping her or was, at the very least, an accomplice, this is what he had to say about women and rape in a BBC documentary India's Daughter that airs on March 8:

A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 per cent of girls are good.

Mukesh also said Jyoti was at fault for fighting back against her attackers: “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’, and only hit the boy.”

The only thing more disturbing than the events and the comments is the fact that Mukesh would actually say this as he's appealing his execution in court. This is a man who is facing the death penalty for his participation in the brutal rape and murder of a woman. How mindbogglingly pervasive and reality-distorting is rape culture when someone who is pleading for his own life says, out loud and on video, that the deceased rape victim is to blame?