Union Home Sec rebuffs RSS chief’s Bharat remark

January 5, 2013 by  
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Union home secretary rebuffs RSS chiefNew Delhi, January 5, 2013: The RSS supremo Mohanrao Bhagwat’s remark that the rape is prevalent mainly in cities where Indians are deeply influenced by western values and not by rural India did not find favour with the country’s top bureaucrats who said that there was no basis of making such distinction whereas the BJP put up a brave defence saying the statement should be seen in the proper context as it was referred to India’s culture, tradition and value system.

Asked for his reaction on the observation that the incidents like rape take place in India (urban areas) and not in Bharat (rural areas), Union Home Secretary R K Singh on Friday said, “There is no basis for making distinction between India and Bharat”.

Singh made this comment on the sidelines of a conference of director generals of police and chief secretaries of states on crime against women and atrocities against SCs and STs. Other bureaucrats too found such a remark quite out of the place, saying most of the rape cases are not reported to the police in rural areas.

The Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Jawed Usmani said that the incidents like rapes took place in both rural and urban areas. Only because these were not reported adequately in rural areas, one should not assume that such crimes do not take place in villages or small towns and happened only in urban areas, he added.

Addressing a citizens’ meet at Silchar in Assam on Tuuesday, Bhagwat had said, “Such crimes hardly take place in ‘Bharat’, but they occur frequently in ‘India’.

“You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gang-rape or sex crimes. They are prevalent in some urban belts. Besides new legislations, Indian ethos and attitude towards women should be revisited in the context of ancient Indian values,” Bhagwat had said.

Reacting on the controversy around Bhagwat’s remark, the BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The present controversy relating to certain comments of RSS chief 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”.

– times of india

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