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Gang-rape lawyer AP Singh tells WSJ that ‘anti-social elements’ made him talk of burning his daughter, as Delhi BC mulls action

Advocate AP Singh, who represented two of the four gang rapists who were sentenced to death last week for the December 2012 murder of a student, said that he was pressured by an “anti-social element” to say that he would burn his daughter alive if he caught her out late at night with a boyfriend or having sex outside of marriage.

Singh told the WSJ India Real Time blog on Sunday:

“I was so agitated, upset and stressed after the sentence and this person kept egging me on for a response. I said I would make her lovingly understand that this is not suited for Indian culture. But this person wasn’t satisfied with my response.

“In the spur of the moment, I said that I would burn my daughter or sister if she indulges in premarital sex despite my many attempts to try and dissuade her. I said so only to get rid of him.

“I never said the woman was engaging in premarital sex or that she had a boyfriend. What happened with her was very, very unfortunate. I was specifically asked what I would do if my own daughter or sister had engaged in premarital sex. There was no need to link my remarks to the gang-rape victim. I didn’t refer to her at all.

“Which father or brother would want women of their house to have premarital sex? There is nothing wrong with what I have said, which is that I will not welcome it. In fact, no Indian household in the right frame of mind would welcome this, that is reality.”

The Delhi bar council was also investigating whether to suspend his licence, according to the regulator’s chair Surya Prakash Khatri.

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