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Delhi gangrape: Defence lawyer stokes controversy

Statesman News Service |

Press Trust of India
New Delhi, 14 September
One of the defence lawyers in the 16 December gangrape case has courted controversy with his remarks that he would have burnt alive her daughter had she been having premarital sex and moving around at night with her boyfriend.
The Delhi Bar Council has taken a serious view of Mr A P Singh, lawyer for two of the convicts, after it received many complaints from NGOs and other organisations condemning the statement made by him.
Apparently referring to the 23-year-old victim in the 16 December incident, Mr Singh had told the media in reply to a question, “…if my daughter was having premarital sex and moving around at night with her boyfriend, I would have burnt her alive. I would not have let this situation happen.
All parents should adopt such an attitude.”
Murari Tiwari, Secretary of the lawyers’ body said he has been receiving verbal complaints from NGOs and various other organisations condemning Mr Singh’s statement.
“I have asked the complainants to give their complaints to us in writing. In case we don’t receive any complaint in writing, then the DBC would suo motu take up the issue at its 20 September meeting. Agenda of the meeting will be prepared soon and circulated among the 45 members,” he said.
Mr Tiwari also said Mr Singh’s statement comes under “professional misconduct” and the lawyers body can take action against him.
DBC’s President Surya Prakash Khatri also condemned the statement and said, “it doesn’t call for any advocate to make such a statement”.