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”#HangRapists’ hashtag trends as Indian film-maker sparks fury with suggestion that ‘rape without violence’ should be legalized and women should carry condoms and ‘co-operate’ with sex attackers

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 Daniel Shravan in a series of now-deleted posts, said that ‘rape is not a serious thing, but murder is inexcusable’
The Indian film-maker sparked fury with suggestion that ‘rape without violence’ should be legalized and women should carry condoms and ‘co-operate’ with sex attackers
Daniel Shravan added that: ‘If you are about to get raped, hand over a condom to the rapist’
Shravan’s offensive posts came after the dead body of veterinarian Priyanka Reddy, was found after she was raped in India
Early in the week the raped and dead body of the 27-year-old vet doctor turned up burnt and charred in the town of  Shadnagar in Hyderabad on Nov 30
Priyanka on her way home when she suffered a flat tire and a man offered to help,  was gang-raped and killed near Hyderabad and her body was dumped and burned 15 miles away
Four men have since been arrested, including lorry driver Mohammed Pasha.
Just days after Reddy’s murder, another Indian woman was set on fire by a man she accused of rape on way to court hearing in brutal attack 
The 23-year-old victim was on her way  to court in the state of Utter Pradesh in northern India, on Thursday 
5 men, including 2 suspected rapists, poured kerosene on her and set her alight
This victim had filed a complaint with Unnao police in March alleging that she had been raped at gunpoint on Dec 12, 2018
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‘Rape is no big deal!’ Film-maker Daniel Shravan [photo],  is catching flak after he suggested in a series of now-deleted posts, said that ‘rape is not a serious thing, but murder is inexcusable’

Daniel Shravan made the comments after the body of veterinarian Priyanka Reddy, 27, was found charred under an overpass near Hyderabad in India after she was raped and murdered by men who had offered to help her with a flat tire on November 30.
Shravan, in a series of now-deleted posts, said that ‘rape is not a serious thing, but murder is inexcusable’ adding that ‘the government should legalize rape without violence for the safety of women.’

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MeToo India post on rape comment 1.jpgThe push back has been heavy:  ‘He is advocating rape as punishment for women. What will it take to make women feel safe? How many men will be let off?’ – activists asked Shravan whose comments have been widely condemned [above and below], with the official #MeTooIndia Twitter account
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His comments have been widely condemned, with the official #MeTooIndia Twitter account saying: ‘He is advocating rape as punishment for women. What will it take to make women feel safe? How many men will be let off?’
And other Twitter users labeling his comments ‘disgusting’. One said: ‘What kind of sick mentality does he have? Disgusting and disturbing. I am tired of this misogyny and victim blaming.’

While another said: ‘If he is a filmmaker I promise will never watch his films and I can vouch for my family and friend.’
His comments came as a member of India’s Parliament called for the men who raped and murdered young veterinarian Priyanka Reddy to be ‘brought out in public and lynched’, after the victim’s mother called for the monsters who committed the horrific crime to be burned alive.
Priyanka was on her way home when she was gang-raped and killed near Hyderabad and her body was dumped and burned 15 miles away.
Four men have since been arrested, including lorry driver Mohammed Pasha.
MP Jaya Bachchan prescribed a strong punishment for the perpetrators of the crime, saying in Parliament on Monday: ‘I know it sounds harsh, but these kind of people should be brought out in public and lynched.’
Other MPs from across India’s political spectrum condemned the crime during the parliamentary sitting.

'#HangRapists' has been trending on this week with demonstrators in Utter Pradesh, India‘#HangRapists’ has been trending on this week with demonstrators in Utter Pradesh, India. Demonstrators hold ‘Hang the Rapists’ placards at protests in Hyderabad on Tuesday

It came as many took to the streets of New Delhi today to demand justice for Priyanka and demand a fast-track investigation in the case, as well as stringent laws for the safety of women in India.
Police recovered Priyanka’s clothes, shoes and a bottle near a toll road on Thursday morning where she had parked her motorbike, and her family could only identify her by a locket she was wearing.
During the past week, thousands of Indians have protested in several cities following the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian doctor named Priyanka Reddy near the southern city of Hyderabad.
Protesters and parliamentarians are pressing for courts to fast-track rape cases and demanding tougher penalties.
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n the latest incident of sexual violence and femicide to shock India that came just days after Reddy’s murder,  a 23-year-old rape victim was set ablaze by a gang of men, including two of her alleged rapists, as she made her way to court to give evidence against them in northern India on Thursday morning.
The woman was admitted in a critical condition, at the Civil Hospital in Lucknow, the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. 

In the latest case, the woman had been on her way to catch a train in Unnao district to attend a hearing when she was doused with kerosene and set on fire, police said.
‘As per victim’s statement five people were involved in setting her on fire, including the one who was accused in the rape case,’ Vikrant Vir, a police superintendent in Unnao, said.
All five men have been detained, Uttar Pradesh police said in a tweet.
Police documents showed the woman had filed a complaint with Unnao police in March alleging that she had been raped at gunpoint on December 12, 2018.
Having been subsequently jailed, the alleged rapist was released last week after securing bail, police officer SK Bhagat said in Lucknow.

He then had sex with the mother’s corpse for three hours and raped the still alive 10-year-old daughter before he left.
Uttar Pradesh is India’s most populous state and has become notorious for its poor record regarding crimes against women, with the highest number of rape in the country reported there, more than 4,200 cases in 2017.
The Uttar Pradesh state government, currently controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been criticized by opposition groups who accused BJP in July of protecting a lawmaker accused of rape.
The horrific crimes have triggered protests across India, recalling the civil unrest after woman was raped and murdered on Delhi bus in 2012.
Thousands of protesters faced off with police, demanding the suspected rapists – who were in police custody – be handed over to them to face mob justice.
Since protests began, the ‘Hangrapists’ hashtag has been trending on Twitter in India
More than 33,000 women were raped in India in 2017, according to the latest official figures, but experts say that vast numbers of assaults go unreported.

 

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