Over 5,000 feminists have called for Judge Sharad Bobde to resign over rape remarks he made. Justice Bobde, who presided over a rape case asked a 23-year-old man accused of raping a girl whether he would marry her.
“If you want to marry (her) we can help you. If not, you lose your job and go to jail,” he said.
His comments shocked many and have sparked outrage in various parts of the world, especially considering the horrific accusations the girl – who was 16 at the time of the alleged rapes in 2014-15 – had made against the man who is a distant relative.
One rule for the rich and powerful, another for the poor and powerless! This is exactly what is being played out here.
More than 5,000 feminists, rights activists, and concerned citizens wrote that they were “outraged” and asked him to have signed a petition demanding Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde quit after he told the government technician at a hearing: ‘If you want to marry (her) we can help you. If not, you lose your job and go to jail.’
His comments prompted women’s rights activists to circulate an open letter calling for his resignation that has secured more than 5,200 signatures, campaigner Vani Subramanian said.
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According to the letter, the man is accused of stalking, tying up, gagging, and repeatedly raping the girl before threatening to douse her in petrol, set her alight, and have her brother killed.
‘By suggesting that this rapist marry the victim-survivor, you, the Chief Justice of India, sought to condemn the victim-survivor to a lifetime of rape at the hands of the tormentor who drove her to attempt suicide,’ the letter said.
It later added: ‘It fills us with rage that women bear the burden of having to explain the meaning of “seduction”, “rape”, and “marriage” even to the Chief Justice of India, who holds the power andt duty to interpret the Constitution of India and sit in judgment.’
Justice must be served.
What kind of Judge passes such an inhumane verdict? Asking the man to marry the girl is not a possible option. Imagine if it was his daughter, we all know the story would have been different.
Judge Bobde should quit his position, he is a partial Judge and not fit to be called a father let alone a Judge.