Delhi Rape Lawyer: Police Sodomized My Clients

And he declares that victims are to blame

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 10, 2013 4:48 AM CST | Updated Jan 10, 2013 7:58 AM CST

(Newser) – A lawyer for three of the defendants in the New Delhi gang-rape case is coming out swinging: Manohar Lal Sharma says not only were his clients tortured into confession, but ultimately it's the victims who are at fault. "Until today I have not seen a single incident of rape with a respected lady," Sharma tells Bloomberg. "Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect." The male companion of the victim is "wholly responsible" for the attack, he says, since the two shouldn't have been on Delhi's streets at night.

Speaking outside court today, the BBC reports that Sharma says his clients will plead not guilty. He says one 22-year-old was tortured for 10 days and is "unable to speak now." And what he describes as allegedly occurring at the hands of police during the men's interrogations is brutal, reports the Guardian:

  • "They were forced to drink urine and from the toilet. They were sexually assaulted with sticks in their backside. Whatever statements they made were made under duress and are worthless."
But Sharma's attempt to blame the victims "is the mentality which most Indian men are suffering from, unfortunately," says a social advocate. "That is the mindset that has been perpetrating this crime."

Bangladeshi girls hold placards as they stand to form a human chain to protest against the recent gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
Indian students burn an effigy representing Hindu religious leader Asaram Bapu in New Delhi, Jan. 8, 2013. Bapu said the rape victim in Delhi was as equally responsible for her rape as the rapists,   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Manohar Lal Sharma, lawyer for some of the accused, speaks outside the court where the defendants in a gang rape are to be tried, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Policemen report for duty at a district court, where the accused in a gang rape are to be produced for trial, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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