Did Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee defend the Nirbhaya rapists? Here's the truth!

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A post is being shared on social media with a claim that Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee had justified the rape of Nirbhaya in 2012 saying that her ‘rapists had no access to sex hence they raped’.

Twitter user Gaurav Pradhan, who is followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared the article saying, “Nobel for Economics. It covers from Finance of a poor to Sexual hunger of the poor.” BOOM has busted Pradhan several times in the past for sharing misinformation.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found;

  1. The photo posted, it can be seen that the article was published by ‘TFIPOST’.

We found that the article was later deleted and is not available on the website anymore but many even shared a screenshot of the article claiming that Banerjee justified Nirbhaya rapists.
2. Abhijit Banerjee’s opinion piece appeared in Hindustan Times, (published in October-2012 whereas Nirbhaya rape incident took place in December-2012) his article was written after CM Mamata Banerjee said that rape cases are on the rise in the country because men and women interact with each other more freely now.

3. In this reference, Abhijit Banerjee in his opinion piece said, ”I don’t always agree with Mamata Banerjee but I don’t see what’s so bizarre about her suggestion that the recent rash of rapes in India has something to do with public displays of intimacy far more graphic than the one that so upset me.” He further writes, “There are few forces more powerful than sexual desire and few forms of inequality more palpable than inequality of access to sex: all the rich guys, to a first approximation, get all the pretty girls, at least if pretty is what Bollywood (or Hollywood) tells us it should be.”
Banerjee in his explanation, also wrote, ”None of this should be read as a defence of rape.” He further went onto highlight the fact that there are more forms of inequality to worry about than just money.
Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE. 

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