Lawyer for Delhi rape convicts told to explain comment

AP Singh, the defence lawyer in the Delhi gang-rape case had said that he would burn his daughter if she had pre-marital sex.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi bar council has asked AP Singh, the defence lawyer in the Delhi gang-rape case, to explain his comment that he would set his daughter on fire if she had pre-marital sex.

After his clients Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma were handed the death sentence for the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, Zee News quoted him saying: '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'.

AFP quoted chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, Surya Prakash Khatri saying: 'We have issued a show cause notice to Mr Singh asking him why action should not be taken against him for the misogynist comments made by him.'

Of the total six accused, the prime conspirator - Ram Singh - had killed himself in Tihar Jail in March this year, while a minor accused was recently sentenced to serve three years in a special home by the Juvenile Justice Board.

The fast-track held the four remaining accused - Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan and Mukesh - guilty and sentenced them to death.

Singh had earlier said, rapes could only be curbed if male family members control women.

In response, women rights activists said courts should take suo motto cognizance of his remark and initiate strict action against him.

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