When the heinous crime that took place in Uttar Pradesh creating huge outrage in social media platforms with influential personalities condemning the act, a statement issued by former Supreme court judge Markandey Katju, irked the Internet using citizens. He posted it in his official facebook account on the day after the demise of the 19 year old girl victim.
The girl went to collect animal fodder with her mother from a field on 14th of September. They went to cut grass in the field which belongs to the Thakur men who are considered as upper caste in India. She was cutting grass with her mother and brother not too far off in a field. The girl’s mother had hearing issues and her ears were stuffed with cotton balls due to pain.
After a while, when the brother went to fill water for the buffaloes, the victim who was wearing a Salwar kameez, dragged by her dupatta and was sexually assaulted by the four men. The mother who thought that her daughter would have left to home to drink water, called her name two times loudly and continued cutting grass. Only after seeing the mud traces and her daughter’s slippers near the house, the mother started looking for her daughters in the fields of Thakur men.
“Everytime, I close my eyes, I see the image of what I saw that day” said the visibly broken Mother while explaining about how and when she found her daughter. “My daughter was lying naked with her tongue protruding from her mouth. Her eyes were bulging out and she was bleeding from her mouth, her neck and there was blood near her eyes. I also noticed bleeding from her vagina. I quickly covered her with the pallu of my saree, and started screaming,” the mother recalled. The four accused Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi were arrested by the Police only after the initial reluctant.
While condemning the act of the culprits, Markandey, in his FB post said, that “sex is a natural urge in men”. He linked the raising number of rape cases in the country with the raising unemployment rate in India.
“I condemn the Hathras gang rape, and call for harsh punishment of the culprits. However, having said that there is one aspect which also needs to be considered. Sex is a natural urge in men. It is sometimes said that after food, the next requirement is sex,” he said in his social media post.
In his statement, he also said that girls won’t marry men who doesn’t have a job which leads to rapes in India. “Today India alone has about 135 crore people, which means there has been a fourfold increase in population. But the number of jobs increased are far less than fourfold. In fact it is believed that in June 2020 alone 12 crore Indians lost their jobs. Therefore will there not be increase in rapes?” he asked.
This statement from him made people think that the former judge is justifying rape. “I can’t believe you were ever part of a supreme court” wrote one a twitter user to express her displeasure over his statement. Check out some of their reactions below :
And WTF has has unemployment got to do with sex? WTH has rape to do with sex? It is about power and control, and caste is always a factor. The root cause is Indian patriarchy. Try addressing that.— Advaid അദ്വൈത് (@Advaidism) September 30, 2020
Ahhh leave it.
Katju needs to be put in a mental asylum. pic.twitter.com/IjxZsGVkmR— Ishita Yadav (@IshitaYadav) September 30, 2020
Make sure Katju is employed all the time, because when he loses his job, he will rape someone! https://t.co/OpCKpcwcqZ— Who killed Monika (@moanikah) September 30, 2020
let’s call the hathra case what it is, it’s caste violence and rape. men are not programmed to rape, as katju so sincerely believes. men, esp those of an upper caste, rape to show their dominance.— poopie (@vasundharasri) September 30, 2020
I can't believe you were ever part of a supreme court— aaradhya (@mybonesmending) September 30, 2020
when you start writing with "i condemn it, however…" you're actually justifying it. that's it.— n's waiting for confetti era (@quirkykurkure) September 30, 2020
Katju came up with a another facebook post, reacting to the outrage received.
comment your views on these statements of Katju !!