Okay, a nerd reference to Star Wars but for those who don’t wish to be embedded into a massive chunk of Star Wars lore, Form III is a defensive style of fighting with a lightsaber said to make you nearly impossible to hit. An elegant defence in a less civilised age.
If you haven’t already heard, Manohar Lal Sharma has been named as the Defence Lawyer for the Delhi Rape/Murder case which he is planning to plead “not guilty” to. And boy is he a real piece of work. Remember how Anil from AVfM said “women have it better than men”? I probably have to apologise to him (And to Astrokid), because Sharma has it figured out.
Well Manohar Lal Sharma is all about women. In his infinite knowledge about the female body has analysed the case meticulously and found that in his experience there are no rapes of “respected ladies”. In addition the male companion was wholly responsible for the incident as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets, particularly with such a weed since he was incapable of defending her against six armed dudes. It’s his fault for being so bad in a fist fight and it’s her fault for not checking his ability to fist fight.
“Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady,” Sharma said in an interview at a cafe outside the Supreme Court in India’s capital. “Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.”
And here we were thinking that Indian women have it worse! Apparently I (PZ Myer’s Indian Minion) was wrong to think women have it worse than men.
Oh don’t worry, a Sadhu called Asharam said that “had the girl chanted the name of Krishna and fallen at the feet of the attackers” the attacks would have stopped. These two plans are fool proof. Now you know ladies! Having respect stops rapists and if you don’t have respect then you can stop rape by invoking Krishna (who was notoriously absent at this rape).
(In the Mahabaratha he stops a rape through what can only be described as his “Clothes Beam“.)
Oh that’s not enough? Well Mohan Bhagwat who is a pretty fucking big deal (He is the head of the RSS which is a part of the opposition to the Congress and one of the major Hindutva groups) said that this sort of rape doesn’t happen in the villages but in the cities because women there adopt western lifestyles.
Other politicians have claimed that this is to distract from other issues. Let’s blame mobile phones and women being free rather than women being treated like well…. women. Let’s hide women away from the dangerous dangerous men (You may or may not be a dangerous man. If you are not a dangerous man then this statement doesn’t apply to you. If you are dangerous but not to women then this statement may apply to you depending on the level of danger and the target. I for example am dangerous to cake and while you are all safe, your cakes are not…)
It must have been KFC and Jeans that made 6 young men drive around in a “rape bus”. Clearly if she had invoked the powers of Krishna and if her boyfriend could fight better she would still be alive. It’s all Jyothi’s fault. Case Closed. Good Job Everyone! High Fives and Cigars all around! How are you getting back tonight? Bus? Fancy stopping for some chicken?
Form III is not what Manohar Lal Sharma is about. If this case hadn’t made the world media, Manohar may have won his case with his “respectable ladies don’t get raped” strategy. But frankly he is going to lose. The government wants a death penalty for this to satiate the mob, his idiocy will get them killed. If you are talking about defending rapists then don’t send this bag of dick to defend them. The best hope he had was for a plea bargain, not by demonstrating how terrible he is as a human being. I fear that Sharma may be using this case to be the “go to guy” for rape defences for shitty cases.
It is not an elegant defence, it’s a moronic one. Jokes and Sarcasm aside, this attitude is demonstrative of the misogyny entrenched in India.