WP reports on a small research project in India to learn what rapists think (an ungated version in STimes):
In the interviews, many men made excuses or gave justifications for their actions. Many denied rape happened at all.
One case in particular, participant 49, sent Pandey on an unexpected journey. He expressed remorse for raping a 5-year-old girl. “He said ‘yes I feel bad, I ruined her life.’ Now she is no longer a virgin, no one would marry her. Then he said, ‘I would accept her, I will marry her when I come out of jail.’”