From Bhagwat to Asaram: Comments that have 'raped' the cause
New Delhi: It started as a protest against lax attitude towards rape, of our establishment and of society at large, it then went to argument on police high handedness, then to politics with Sushma Swaraj and Jaya Bachchan, then about lies and counter-lies on a cop's death who, heart attack or not, died at the protests. Now, a class is passing the buck onto the women.
As if the Delhi rape case wasn't horrifying enough, we now have these pearls of wisdom from our politicians and godmen. This is how a cause gets 'gang-raped' in India.
The death of a 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim has galvanised fury across India. Civil unrest, demonstrations and vigils closed down swathes of the city.
With the outrage, the politics, like always, has always also begun.
It's high time our netas should learn how to treat women with respect. While the nation is out on streets demanding security for women, our politicians have a different opinion.
As against public sentiments, some politicos have resorted to passing on the buck onto the women.
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu is the latest to spew venom against women. Claiming that an "anti-men" campaign is being driven following the Delhi gang-rape incident, the spiritual has cautioned that any new law on crime against women may be misused by vested interests.
"Mahilayon ki izzat honi chahiye par ek doosre ko neecha dikhane ke liye log bazaaru mahilayon ka istemaal kar is kanoon ka durupyog kar sakte hain. Aisa aksar dekha gaya hai. Dahej kanoon iska sabse bada uddharan hai. (Women should be respected but no new law should be framed which can be misused by vested interests with help from women with loose morals)" he said addressing his followers in Bhankari village here on the outskirts of Delhi.
On Monday, he was in the center of a major controversy after he held the Delhi victim responsible for the barbaric sexual assault on her by a group of six men.
"Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists... She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop... This could have saved her dignity and life," Asaram said. "Can one hand clap? I don't think so," he quiped.
Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar on Monday said that sexual offences against women occur because their stars do not favour them. He made the comment after reports emerged that 11 minor tribal girls were allegedly raped by their teacher and a peon in a Kanker hostel.
“Aajkal ladkiyon ke grih nakshtra achhe nahi chal rahe hain, isliye aisi waaardaten ho rahi hain (These days women’s stars aren’t in their favour, that is why such incidents are taking place),” said Kanwar, also a tribal.
Recently, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat advised the women to restrict themselves to household chores and satify their husbands.
The RSS Chief said husband and wife are bound by a contract where you(woman) look after the household chores and satisfy me, I (man) will protect you.
He added that till she delivers her duties without fail, he keeps her on the contract and if she fails to honour the contract, he disowns her.
And if it is the husband who is not honoring the contract, she can also abandon him, he said. Earlier, Bhagwat had raked up controversy by stating that rape happens only in India and not Bharat.
He said that women living in cities follow a western lifestyle which leads to crimes against them.
Madhya Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya had stoked controversy by saying, "Women's fashion, lifestyle and conduct should be in accordance with Indian culture...women should not wear clothes which provoke others (to misbehave with them)."
President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) from Jangipur constituency, sparked a controversy when he said that an urban, middle-class protest by women cannot be as "genuine" as other forms of protest.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad blamed the 'western model' of lifestyle for growing incidents of sexual assault on women including rape, saying cities were losing the values.
VHP international advisor Ashok Singhal termed as "alarming" the western model of living, which he said had been imbibed from the US.
"This western model is alarming. What is happening is we have imbibed the US. We have lost all the values we had in cities," Singhal told reporters in response to a question on the growing rape incidents in the country.
He particularly faulted the live-in relationship style when he said "it is not only foreign to our culture, but also hostile."
In a shocking statment, Trinamool Congress leader Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said that the Park Street rape case was a misunderstanding between a lady and her client.
TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh said "...That was a different case altogether. That was not at all a rape case. It was a misunderstanding between two parties involved in professional dealings. Between the lady and her client."