Posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:32 a.m.
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More than 5,000 demand the resignation of the president of the Supreme Court of India for proposing, during a hearing, to a suspected rapist to marry his minor victim to avoid jail, according to women’s rights activists on Wednesday .
Judge Sharad Arvind Bobde was considering a bail application on Monday from a government technician accused of raping a schoolgirl when he told the suspect: “If you want to marry her, we can help you. Otherwise, you lose your job and go to jail ”.
The proposal immediately sparked an outcry among women’s rights defenders who wrote an open letter calling for the resignation of Judge Bobde, signed by more than 5,200 people, said women’s rights defender Vani Subramanian.
“By suggesting that this rapist marry the victim, you, the Chief Justice of India, sought to condemn (her) to a life of rape by handing her over to the executioner who drove her to try to end her crimes. days, ”reads the open letter to Judge Bobde.
India’s record of sexual violence has received increased international attention since the gang rape of a student, also tortured, on a Delhi bus in 2012 who died of her injuries.
The affair had generated a wave of protests across the country and aroused great excitement around the world.
The open letter also mentions another hearing on the same day for a marital rape case, in which Judge Bobde asked if this qualification was admissible within marriage: “The husband may be a brutal man, but can you qualify as rape the act of sexual relations between a man and a woman legally married? “
“This comment not only authorizes any form of sexual, physical and mental violence on the part of the husband, but it also normalizes the torture that Indian women have suffered for years in the course of their marriage without any legal recourse,” the letter continued. .