A woman who fatally stabbed the man who was trying to rape her with his own knife after seizing it from him is being charged with manslaughter despite police conceding it “may have been justifiable self-defence,” and the fact they intend to charge the dead man with attempted rape.
According to police, a woman in her late teens was jogging by a river in Tokyo’s Adachi city at 10PM when an unidentified man his fifties ambushed her with a knife.
He pushed her down and began kissing her and touching her body, but put his knife down in order to do so.
The woman seized her chance and his knife, and stabbed him in the thigh and then made good her escape, seeking help from a passing man who summoned police.
Her assailant meanwhile bled to death from the wound she inflicted over a period of 90 minutes, being pronounced dead on his arrival at hospital.
The woman says she “grabbed the man’s knife when I saw a chance, stabbed him in the thigh and then ran.”
Bizarrely, police say they are planning to charge the dead man with “attempted rape or indecent assault.”
Even more bizarrely, they are planning on charging the woman with manslaughter – though they have announced they will not be charging her with murder, and that her punishment may be reduced if it is found she acted in justifiable self-defence, they still apparently intend to prosecute the victim.
The unsympathetic treatment the woman has received at the hands of police has many Japanese outraged:
“Come on, this is obviously self-defence!”
“Why didn’t they charge the rapist with attempted murder for threatening to use a knife on her!?”
“Japan, where it is a crime not to go along with the wishes of the criminal…”
“Jogging in Adachi at 10PM, reckless indeed!”
“Why haven’t they reported this guy’s name and occupation?”
“Probably because he was a Korean…”
“What the hell are the police doing charging this poor woman!?”
“Good riddance to the sex criminal swine she offed. Poor lady.”
“She could have just threatened him with it and ran off!”
“I expect they will drop the charges or otherwise fail to prosecute.”
“I think the police are just prosecuting as a matter of formality, she’ll just be acquitted in any trial.”
“Right, just because they are prosecuting now doesn’t mean they won’t just drop the charges afterwards.”
“Come on, prosecuting isn’t the same as a guilty verdict. The police aren’t the ones who should decide whether something like this is justifiable self-defence, the courts are!”
“It seems the only living witness to the incident is the woman so their caution is understandable.”
“Since they have only her word that she really didn’t know this man at all, it could always be something else.”
“A lot of rapists get away with it and their victims stay quiet – good for her that she put a stop to this one!”
“She acted with restraint – stabbing him in the thigh and not somewhere else, and probably thinking he wouldn’t die from an injury like that.”
“Just her luck that she scored a critical hit on an artery.”
“Considering the circumstances she may have been aiming somewhere else but missed…”