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’We are not saying that rape is a good thing... but’: BCI’s MK Mishra explains ‘spirit of justice’ (for men)

‘Nobody would ever say... rape is a good thing’, says Mishra (centre, picture via Facebook)
‘Nobody would ever say... rape is a good thing’, says Mishra (centre, picture via Facebook)

Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra in an interview with ThePrint has elaborated on his latest campaign to fight for ‘men’s rights’.

Mishra told ThePrint:

Some Supreme Court judgments have said that the statement of the prosecutrix in rape cases is enough and does not require further corroboration…That is against the spirit of justice, and needs to relooked.

As a result, some women take undue advantage of the law and falsely implicate men, who then do not have any (legal) protection.

All we are saying is that the Evidence Act should be followed in letter and spirit, and charges even in rape and other such cases should be backed with evidence and not just statements,” Mishra told ThePrint.

Even in 498A, we had found there was misuse…50 per cent of the cases filed are false. In that, the Supreme Court has realised that it is dangerous (to have such laws).

He also helpfully clarified his position, adding: “We are not saying that rape is a good thing. Nobody would ever say that, but there ought to be proper safeguards for everyone.”

Earlier this week, Mishra had called for a “men too” march, apparently in support of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, saying: “We are not in 18th century, that no one can presume that a female will never make such allegations to falsely implicate her enemies. We have great respect for our women. But time has changed, we must keep it mind.”

While there are no doubt false complaints filed against men (as they are against anyone), the reality is that most rape cases are never even reported and that the “spirit of justice” is already stacked against most legitimate complaints, as we had outlined in our article earlier this week.

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