Abu Azmi, Asshole of the Day for April 14, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Since we’ve started this site, we’ve seen a lot of men saying very bad things about rape. Some are excusing the behaviors of the rapist, others are to justify forcing women to carry the rapist’s baby to term. But today we have a new one, for us.
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi said women who are raped should be hanged:
MUMBAI: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has said that any woman who has sex outside marriage should be hanged, including rape victims.
According to a report published in Mid-Day, Azmi said, “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”
The Samajwadi Party leader further added, “In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it’s fine. But if that same person complains, it’s a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam.”
When asked for a solution to the problem of rapes, Azmi had this to say: “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”
There’s a few problems here, so let’s start with the first one— It’s not rape if there’s consent. Rape is sex without consent. By definition.
But even if we get past the fact that he has redefined rape, his message is “Girls, don’t get raped, because if you do, then the state will put you to death." That’s not an exaggeration, that’s what he’s saying.
And why does he feel he can say this? Because it says so in his religion. And here’s the problem with that. It’s 2014. If you can’t figure out what the right thing to do with regard to rape is without consulting some thousand year old book, then that’s a problem. The right thing to do with regards to rape is not to punish the victim. In fact regardless of the crime, I think it’s safe to say that putting the victim to death is never the right thing. You don’t need to go look that up in some book. You should just know it.
I will also note that since the original story went up on Friday, Mr. Azmi has tried to clarify his comments, though when you read his statement, you should notice the lack of apology:
"I never said that the girl who is raped should be punished. I said rapist should be punished and girl is a victim. I said that all of us should show solidarity with the girl," Mr Azmi said in Mumbai. "I will never make such statement, only a mad person will say such things," he added.
Like I said, I don’t see an apology. All I see is him saying “only a mad person will say such things”, which I agree with, but that doesn’t mean he never said it. He said it. The original report in the Times of India has not been corrected, so clearly he said it. And that post goes on to say that his son had to tell him you can’t talk like that in public. This is a non-apology apology— he doesn’t take it back but tries some jedi mind trick where he says only a crazy person would say what he’s quoted as saying.
I don’t put much credence in forced apologies, especially when there is no apology, only denial. Do you?
So, for lumping the rape victim in with the rapist and suggesting they both be punished, Abu Azmi is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Abu Azmi’s firs time as Asshole of the Day, though he is the second politician from India to be named Asshole of the Day for saying horrible things about rape in the last week. Mulayam Singh Yadav won last week for saying of rape, “Boys are boys. Mistakes sometimes happen.”
Full story: Times of India