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Rapes Happen in India, Not 'Bharat': Mohan Bhagwat
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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat created a flutter when he said rape is mainly prevalent in urban India due to western influence and that such crimes against women do not happen in rural areas of the country.

The remark that came against the backdrop of the Delhi gangrape incident was slammed by the Congress, CPI-M and women's bodies while the BJP and RSS defended it saying the comment should be taken in proper perspective.

Bhagwat claimed that the incidents of rape were the result of adoption of western culture in society as a whole and that erosion of traditional Indian values were more pronounced in urban areas.

"Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. It is a dangerous trend. But such crimes won't happen in Bharat or the rural areas of the country. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gangrape or sex crimes," he said at a meeting in Silchar in Assam recently.

"Where 'Bharat' becomes 'India' with the influence of western culture, these type of incidents happen. The actual Indian values and culture should be established at every stratum of society where women are treated as 'mother'," he added.

Demanding that the government take appropriate action to stop rape incidents, he said RSS will support any government initiative to change existing laws.

"Bhagwat neither understands India nor Bharat," CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said.

Karat said government statistics of atrocities on women and sexual assault showed that the maximum number of victims belong to the poor, dalit and tribal communities.

National Commission of Women (NCW) Chief Mamta Sharma said Bhagwat should stop differentiating in terms of geography.

"We are all Indians. We are all citizens of India...Go to grassroots level and see what is the condition of the women there," he said.

RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said the RSS chief's statement should be taken in proper perspective.

"He has condemned the heinous crime of assaulting women, rape against women and he said it is an utterly wrong thing and that people who indulge in such things must be punished," he added.

"All that he(Bhagwat) said is that in Indian tradition we have great respect for women and we should learn to uphold this tradition. If one goes away from this tradition it will result in rise of crime against women," Madhav said.

BJP said the statement should be seen in the proper context as he was referring to India's culture, tradition and value system.

"The present controversy relating to certain comments of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is totally uncalled for and unnecessary. His comments are required to be seen and understood in entirety. He was referring to India's sanskar, tradition and value system where respect for women occupies a pride of place," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in New Delhi.

Backing Bhagwat, Prasad said the RSS chief had also underlined the need for meting out stringent sentences to the guilty.

"At the same time, he also demanded that strong punishment be given to those who are offenders in relation to crimes against women and that laws should be strengthened to even give capital punishment," Prasad said.

BJP maintained that empowerment of women, and giving them respect and security form the core of RSS ideology.

"There is extraordinary work and achievement made in various RSS-related organisations like Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra, Vidya Bharti and other allied organisations which bear ample testimony to the same," Prasad said.

Slamming Bhagwat, Mamata Sharma said," He should go to the grassroot level and see what is the condition of the women there and then he should talk about cities."

AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh responded sharply to Bhagwat's comments, saying "this reflects RSS's mentality because there is no difference between India and Bharat."

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said such statements are unfortunate and invoked Ramayana to put his point of view across. He said rape incidents occur in villages as well.

"Nobody has the right to draw 'Lakshman Rekha'...," he said.
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Jan 08, 2013
12:29 PM

Javed Anand asks in "Asian Age", "Here’s a checklist: Foeticide, infanticide, higher infant mortality among girls, rampant discrimination against the girl child, dowry deaths, khap panchayats, “honour” killings. Which of these values, Bhagwat Ji, have we imported from the West?"

He adds, "Permit me to point out that your views are pretty close to many voices from the Muslim world: from the Taliban in Pakistan to the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia. Perhaps it’s time votaries of Hindutva and champions of Islamic fundamentalism came together in a new coalition of the culturally constipated: “Us vs the West”."


Anwaar, Dallas
Jan 05, 2013
10:06 AM

Rape and murder is an ongoing activity in the Catholic church in Kerala,but none of the main line TV or print media has got the guts to bring it to the centre stage.It has taken sixteen long years to arrest the two priests who raped and brutally murdered the young nun Abhaya.The Catholic church is so powerful and intimidating that neither under the Congress rule nor under the Communist rule,the authorities dared investigate rape cases inside the fortified seminaries.Even the Pope had to apologise for the rampant child abuse in the Catholic church in the US,but here in India ruled aby an all powerful Catholic woman government authorities dare not take action against the involved Catholic priests.So,however stringent laws laws may be enacted after the Delhi rape tragedy,Catholic priests may still enjoy certain minority rights.

S.S.Nagaraj, Bangalore
Jan 05, 2013
09:33 AM

Bhagwat's mindset (and that of other leaders making these outrageous comments) is the same as that of the rapists.  India may be a banana republic but at least you need some modicum of civilization in order to produce and export bananas. Bharat on the other hand seems like kind of barbarian and Talibanesque stone age country where women are systematically beaten and kept in their place by misogynist and chauvinist bigots like Mr Bhagwat and his ilk, treated like animals, forced into child marriage, raped if they step out of line to put them in their place, and murdered if they dare to marry the person of their choice .  Unfortunately the majority of the Indian population (as well as many contributors to this board) seem to share this mentality and no doubt would feel some sympathy for the Delhi rapists' taunting the girl about being out at 8.30 in the evening.  And it's not just the men, even 52% of women seem to think that it's OK for their husbands to beat them.  But these will be Bharatiya women, not Indian ones.  Leaders who subscribe to these kind of views and expect to rule over a modern constitutional democracy are subversive. And anybody on here who disagrees should not be reading English language publications like Outlook since they obviously consider it the language of the devil. Better to stick to Saamana.

Ali, Panchkula
Jan 05, 2013
08:37 AM

Now there is a hard data! And this Bhagwat dude is wearing one obscene pair of chaddis - look at his sexy legs - if the cougars of ''India" were to sexually attack him I wouldnt blame them!

I think Bhagwat and Owaisi and all the other christian / jewish / rastafarian / whateverother crazy wingnuts should go jump off a really tall cliff...the ones that can kill or at least seriously maim.  Won't be surprised if their lot wish the same on my lot.

...and...the great thing about a free society is that Bhagwat & Owaisi and Company can spout their nonsense, other folks can put together data to disprove them, I can call them (Bhagwat and Owaisi I mean) jerks and you can call me that for calling them so..and so it goes!

abrams, Mumbai
Jan 05, 2013
05:59 AM

>>I live in a western country. I have heard about rapes on women here but the 'Gang' rapes? Almost never happens. -P.B.Joshipura

Have a look at a recent cases

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