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
"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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