This is the most outrageous question that any Judiciary could have ever asked the rape victim. The trauma of rape victim can never be judged by anyone who has not gone through that incident. This is the case of a 19-year-old rape victim, a homeless girl, was raped by a man called Alexander Scott Wanger in Canada. This matter came for trial and the judge not only acquitted the accused but asked the victim girl the most outrageous question “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”.
According to the news published in the English national daily ‘The Indian Express’, in a 2014 rape case of a 19-year-old homeless girl who was raped by a man called Alexander Scott in Canada. The trial of this case took place in Calgary. The provincial court judge Judge Robin Camp has acquitted the accused and asked the most outrageous question to victim girl. “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”
According to the sources, this one of the many outrageous questions that judge asked victim girl which amounted into an eruption of an outrage of people across the world. The judge is now facing a week-long public hearing to decide whether he’ll remain on the bench of Federal Court Judges as he was appointed one to the Federal Court of Ottawa in 2015. Twitterati, of course, had much to say on Camp’s hearing. From those who could not believe he could actually have uttered those words to those who have categorically said he should be sacked and barred.
The reports have made further shocking revelations according to which this is not the only outrageous question judge asked the victim girl but throughout the trial, Camp reportedly referred to the girl as “the accused” and asked her uncomfortable questions like “Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” The decision was later overturned by Alberta Court of Appeal, which directed for a fresh trial.
Based on the report published by Calgary Herald, Judge Camp acquitted Wagner because the victim had asked him if he had condom after which it was an“an inescapable conclusion (that) if you have one I’m happy to have sex with you”. He also questioned, “Why she allowed the sex to happen if she didn’t want it?”
Although according to the reports, Camp has apologized to the Federal Court for the comments and his behavior. “I have come to recognize that things that I said and attitudes I displayed during the trial of this matter, and in my decision, caused deep and significant pain to many people. My sincere apology goes out, in the first place, to the young woman who was the complainant in the matter. I also apologize to the women who experience feelings of anger, frustration and despair at a hearing of these events. I am deeply troubled that things that I said would hurt the innocent,” he was quoted as saying.
This case could be an eye opener for the others who outrage the modesty of women in the courtroom, especially those who are the rape victims. In many cases, women feel insecure to approach the judiciary out of the fear of facing the verbal harassment in the courts. There is a need of change into the judiciary system to maintained the modesty of women.