One of the five men sentenced to death for raping a young woman in New Delhi, India in 2012 blamed his victim for her death saying women “should just be silent and allow the rape,” CNN reported on Tuesday.
Mukesh Singh, who is appealing his sentence, spoke to a BBC documentary crew about the gang rape of the 23-year-old woman known as Jyoti.
In his interview with BBC, Singh said Jyoti was responsible for what happened to her and appeared to show no remorse for his actions, according to BBC.
“When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back,” Singh said. “Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her.'”
Singh said his death conviction would only spur more rapes and put more women at risk.
“Now when they rape, they won’t leave the girl like we did,” Singh said. “They will kill her. Before, they would rape and say, ‘Leave her, she won’t tell anyone.’ Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl.”
The gang rape transpired on Dec. 16, 2012 when Jyoti and a male friend boarded a public bus after watching a movie at a mall in New Delhi, CNN reported.
Jyoti was brutally gang raped on the back of the bus as it drove around for nearly an hour, according to CNN. Her male friend was also beaten and both of them were reportedly dumped on the street after the attacks.
Jyoti had such damage to her internal organs, abdomen, and genitals that she had to have organs removed and reportedly died from her injuries a couple weeks after the attack, CNN reported.
Singh defended his actions and those of the other men who gang raped Jyoti, saying the men “had a right” to teach women “a lesson.”
“A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night,” Singh reportedly told the BBC. “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.”
While some on the defense team found fault with Singh’s comments, his lawyer told BBC he agreed with his client’s statements.
“If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself… I would most certainly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight,” Singh’s lawyer told the BBC crew.
Jyoti’s father, Badrinath Singh, demanded that the convicted rapists be executed immediately, CNN reported. Badrinath Singh said he was aware of the comments made by Mukesh Singh.
“He has challenged society and the judicial system,” Badrinath Singh said. “The death sentences handed down in this case should be carried out without delay and the appeals dismissed.”