“If you keep sweets on the streets, then dogs will come and eat them. Why did Nirbhaya’s parents send her with anyone that late at night? He was not her boyfriend. Is it not the parent’s responsibility to keep an eye on where she goes and with whom?” – Advocate ML Sharma. He further said “In our culture, there is no place for a woman.”
AP Singh said, “If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and characters by doing such things, I would most certainly take this sort of a sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight.”
These are the statements by the citizens of India who wear the black suits and believe that they are working in the temple of justice. These are the ‘Great Indian Lawyers’ and the plight of legal system in India.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) late last night issued show cause notices to 2 lawyers who had come into sight for the accused in the gang rape case for allegedly making disparaging anti-women remarks. The lawyers’ apex body took a decision around midnight in which it was found that there is a ‘prima facie’ case of professional misconduct against these lawyers.
The two lawyers, ML Sharma and AP Singh, have been given 3 weeks time by the BCI to explain why disciplinary action shouldn’t be initiated against them for their remark. BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Sharma said: “We have issued the show cause notices to ML Sharma and AP Singh for their alleged remarks made in the BBC documentary.”
This is the ‘beauty’ of the jurisdiction in India. First, it doesn’t believe in taking immediate actions. “I will burn my daughter alive, if she has a pre-marital affair”, was a statement given by AP Singh around one and a half year ago. A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. The statement clearly talks about not only professional misconduct, but also about honor killing. No action was taken against him at that point in time. Second, now the court has decided on giving 3 WEEKS time to these ‘prestigious’ lawyers so that they can go on making such horrendous comments and might even go on to ‘burn’ anyone who harms their ‘honor’ and ‘culture’. The question is who decides what is a part of a culture? Many of the men in India believe that women happen to be the vessel of Virtue, according to ‘their culture’. Because of the creation of such a ‘culture’, women are regarded either as the Virgin Mary or as seductive Eves.
However, ML Sharma denies to have received any notice and says “We have not got the notice from the Bar Council of India as yet. The court has placed a stay on the release of the documentary, and we have not committed any contempt of court, or can we accused of misconduct.” Moreover, this person sticks to his views and is not ready to change them, for ‘his’ culture doesn’t regard women as half the part of a humanity. Women, according to these men should be ‘protected’ because women in a patriarchal society exist with an absolute lack of something which is a symbol of everything – THE PHALLUS.
The lawyers, who are in support of the convict and have made such remarks about the ‘victim’, have shown why a woman in India who is raped is regarded as a ‘victim’. The attorneys are in fact to be blamed more than the rapist himself and this owes to not only their diseased mind, but also to the fact that they are the bearers of justice. Their comments portray both the poor condition of an Indian society and also the deteriorating standard of the Indian jurisdiction who gives them 3 weeks to defend for something which cannot be defended. This level of misogyny is surely going to anger the public of India and will give birth to a new wave of Feminism in India. If the public voices its opinion on the 3 weeks given to these lawyers in India to escape, justice will be ensured.