Fri, 04 Jan 2013 17:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Rapes prevalent in India, not in Bharat: RSS Chief

Mohan Bhagwat's remark that rapes happen mainly in urban India has angered women's groups and political rivals, but BJP and RSS have defended it

Rapes prevalent in India, not in Bharat: RSS Chief (© Reuters)

New Delhi: 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 gang-rape or sex crimes,” he said at a meeting in Silchar in Assam recently.

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