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Rapes Will Go Down If People Shun Meat, Alcohol: Agnivesh

Rape cases will come down if people shun non-vegetarian food and alcohol, activist Swami Agnivesh said today.

"We cannot stop a crime like rape by policing only.... I think rapes will come down significanlty if people stop eating non-vegetarian. There has been lot of research on this.... Rapes will come down significantly if alcohol consumption is not there," he told reporters here.

He said a lot of crimes and accidents take place due to consumption of alcohol.

Arguing on the benefits of a vegetarianism, he said Japanese scientists conducted a study on the oldest man on earth recently and they found that he was a vegeterian.

"Every research conducted in this world points to one fact that red meat is the reason behind all diseases," he said.

Agnivesh said that all the six accused in the gruesome rape of a young girl in a moving bus on December 16 last year were drunk as well as the accused in the recent incident of sexual assault on a five-year-old girl.

"In both the incidents, the accused consumed alcohol. This explains clearly that alcohol drove them to commit the crime. Alcohol shuts down the moral thinking of a person," he said.

"Government is not ending alcohol-production in the country as it fetches revenue. All the states have now started competing to outnumber each other in alcohol production. This has become the norm," he said.

Expressing concern over the fact that everyday one billion animals are slaughtered, he said that "its consequesnce will be severe."

Regretting the loss of values in human beings, Agnivesh said, "There are no moral and spiritual values left in people. Schools today do not teach children about the evil-consequences of drinking. We cannot blame an individual for a crime. The society, as a whole, is responsible."

Asked about whether death penalty will stop rape, Swami said, "Death penalty will not do anything. I do not support it. Death sentence should not given to anybody including those who attack Parliament. Even Kasab should not have been given death sentence," he said.

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9/D-63
Apr 29, 2013
11:53 AM

Alcohol Rocks...Agnivesh Sucks !

Jo Mb, kolkata
8/D-55
Apr 29, 2013
11:10 AM

Meat and alcohol are 'tamasic' foods that encourage baser instincts. Its effect is to be seen in comparison with the 'satvic' foods. Under the influence of alcohol man tends to lose the sense of right and wrong, and control over his behaviour. This by no means implies 'all evil persons consume tamasic food', or 'all satvic-food consumers are well behaved'. Compare this with 'drunken driving causes accidents'. It is not as if people who don't drink don't cause accidents or all accidents are caused by drunks.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
7/D-48
Apr 29, 2013
10:44 AM

Amit,

>> Did you get that from your local mullah?

What an ill-bred way to start a post!

Anwaar, Dallas
6/D-37
Apr 29, 2013
09:28 AM

"He is right about alcohol."

why is not right about meat as well? because muslims are non-vegitarians??

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
5/D-12
Apr 29, 2013
03:26 AM

 Anwar, 

Did you get that from your local mullah? Have you heard of a drunkard raping his mom? It's all a convenient excuse. I just wish this dhongi swami shuts up. We have seen his real face in the anti corruption agitation. 

Amit, Tucson
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