An Indian judge is facing resignation calls after an accused raped and talked about marrying his schoolgirl to avoid jail.
More than 5,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobade ask a government technician at the hearing to resign: “If you want to get married [her] We can help you. If not, you will lose your job and go to jail.
Bobade’s comments caused an uproar and prompted women’s rights activists to send an open letter demanding his resignation with more than 5,200 signatures.
According to the letter, the defendant is accused of beating the girl, tying her up, tying her up, gang-raping her and repeatedly threatening her with petrol, stabbing her and killing her brother.
The letter said, “By suggesting that the victim was married, you, the Chief Justice of India, tried to punish the victim at the hands of the rapist who committed suicide.” Forced to try. “
India’s extraordinary record of sexual violence has been the focus of international attention since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus. Victims are regularly sexually abused by police and courts, with so-called compromising solutions encouraging them to marry their attackers.
The letter drew attention to another hearing Monday, during which Bobde allegedly questioned whether sexual intercourse between a married couple could ever be considered rape. “The husband may be a cruel man, but can you legally define rape as the rape of a married man and wife?” They said.
The rights activists’ letter said: “This comment not only justifies any form of sexual, physical and mental abuse by the husband, but also alleviates the violence that has plagued Indian women for many years. She has been on a legal path to marriage. “
Rape is not a crime in India. Bobade has not responded to the criticism.
Her predecessor, Ranjan Gogoi, was one of the top figures in India to face a #MeToo complaint after a former staff member accused him of sexual harassment. He was cleared in 2019 following an in-country inquiry that sparked protests across the country.
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