AP Singh, the defence lawyer in the Delhi gang-rape case, reportedly said on Friday that he would have burned his daughter were she to step out at night.
The 23-year-old paramedical student, who was gang-raped and murdered on December 16 was out with a male friend the night the crime was committed. All four accused were convicted on Tuesday and awarded the death penalty on Friday.
AP Singh, lawyer for convicts Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur, had invoked Gandhi when arguing in their defence earlier, saying: “God gives life and he alone can take it, not man-made courts.”
The remarks he made today were slammed on Twitter as "patriarchal" and "misogynistic".
This is how people reacted:
Dear girls don't roam about at night because you never know when some physco like Def lawyer AP Singh might want to burn you— Absolute Shopper (@naitryshah) September 13, 2013
AP Singh - what a vile, heartless human being. You're just as bad as the men that committed the crime! #DelhiGangRape— Yogita Sisodia (@YogitaSisodia) September 13, 2013
Mr AP Singh is living proof of the evils of patriarchy and misogyny.— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) September 13, 2013
Is Roaming with a guy during day ok? God forbid, what if she was raped while at her home, will u still burn her alive?@GulPanag— Sara (@SarCosmic) September 13, 2013
AP Singh ji, your job was to defend the accused. Not act moral guardian of daughters. Thanks.— Phaijal (@TheHumerus) September 13, 2013
What AP Singh is suggesting is clear case of honour killing. Not sure which country's law has he studied.— Vikas Prajapati (@vikaspraj) September 13, 2013
But again its men like this stupid Defence lawyer AP Singh who give some of the nice ones of the male race a bad name as well.— Kiran (@kiranjiya) September 13, 2013