New Delhi, Jan 5 ():The BJP was under attack after the controversial remark of RSS supremo Mohanrao Bhagwat’s comments in Silchar on Friday,where he said that rape hardly takes place in ‘Bharat’ but frequently occurs in ‘India’, describing rape to be an urban phenomenon and a result of the influence of Western culture.
In a similar manner, a senior BJP minister in Madhya Pradesh Kailash Vijayvargiya, while discussing about the situation of the recent uproar over the brutal gang-rape and violence on a 23-year-old in the national Capital, said that women crossing the’ Lakshman rekha’ are made to face the consequences.
The BJP which could not hide the humiliation caused by the RSS chief and party MP Vijayvargiya‘s remarks of women crossing the Lakshman rekha were pounced by the opposition lashing out at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his controversial remark of rape that happens in urban India and not in Bharat saying that the RSS chief is confused and his comments clearly reflect saffron outfit’s mentality.
However defending the chief of the Sangh Parivar, the BJP although was not satisfied by Bhagwat’s comment, tried to support the RSS chief saying that the comment should be taken for the benefit of women and in the context of respect given to women in Indian culture.
Following the opponents’ attack, BJP told the senior minister to withdraw his comments and said that the party does not approve the comment made by Vijayvargiya and has asked him to withdraw the statement, said party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Reacting to Bhagwat’s remark on rape taking place in urban India and not in rural Bharat, Union Home Secretary R K Singh, who was at a meeting of director generals of police and chief secretaries of states on crime against women and atrocities against SCs and STs, said, the RSS is trying to make a distinction between ‘India’ and ‘Bharat.’
Incidents like rapes take place both in rural and urban areas, but goes unnoticed as most of the rape cases are not reported to the police in rural areas, said a senior police official.