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Filmmaker says victims should ‘carry condoms, cooperate in rape’


Indian filmmaker Daniel Shravan suggests legalising ‘rape without violence’ (Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian filmmaker Daniel Shravan suggests legalising ‘rape without violence’ (Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

AN INDIAN filmmaker has sparked controversy by saying that women should carry condoms with them and co-operate with sex attackers.

Daniel Shravan made the comments after body of Priyanka Reddy was found charred under an overbridge in Hyderabad after she was brutally raped and murdered by men who had offered to help her with her punctured vehicle.

In a series of online posts that have since been deleted, Shravan said that “rape is not a serious thing, but murder is inexcusable” adding that “the government should legalise rape without violence for the safety of women.”

He also said that women should “cooperate with rapists and carry condoms” with them.

“If you are about to get raped, hand over a condom to the rapist and cooperate with him while he fulfils his sexual desire. That way he will not try to harm you,” he said.

The filmmaker also believes that stringent rape laws will not deter incidents of rape in the country.

“It is foolishness of the government to think that killing Veerappan will control smuggling, killing Osama Bin Laden will control terrorism. In the same way, the laws against rape can’t control rapes,” he said.

His comments come after an Indian MP called for stronger punishments for rapists.

MP Jaya Bachchan said in Parliament on Monday: “I know it sounds harsh, but these kind of people should be brought out in public and lynched.”