AFP: A popular Indian spiritual guru has sparked a backlash after saying a 23-year-old student could have averted a murderous gang-rape by begging for mercy from her attackers.
Self-styled godman Asharam, known to his followers as Bapu, or father, told his devotees on Tuesday that blame for the assault on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16 should not just rest with her attackers.
Photo: Activists hold placards during a protest at Saket District Court in New Delhi on Thursday (Prakash Singh / AFP - Getty Images)
“This tragedy would not have happened if she had chanted God’s name and fallen at the feet of the attackers. The error was not committed by just one side.” WTF? It’s a good thing major publications are ripping him for that stance.