Indore: Once again RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat has created a storm by issuing a statement, saying marriage is a social contract which stands for mutual obligations between the husband and wife.
"A husband and wife are involved in a contract under which the husband has said that you should take care of my house and I will take care of all your needs. I will keep you safe. So, the husband follows the contract terms. Till the time, the wife follows the contract, the husband stays with her, if the wife violates the contract, he can disown her," Bhagwat said in a rally here yesterday.
Bhagwat was at his counseling best when he said that a marriage is adjudged successful by the time the husband takes cares of the earning part and the wife is performing her household duties.
"This system is also good for society and ensure proper order in society," Bhagwat added.
Meanwhile, taking exception to RSS chief’s statement, CPM leader Brinda Karat said, "I don' think it is really surprising because at the end of the day, this is what RSS is. That is why I think it is the retrogade 'samiti' of India. These were the regents who when BJP was in power wanted a new Constitution of India based on 'manushriti'. So when he talks in this language, he only reflects his ideology."
Earlier, too, RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat had triggered a controversy in Assam’s Silchar, blaming the ‘Western influence’ for taking toll on the urban people of the country, stating that heinous crimes like rape are reported in urban areas as the populace of this areas are highly governed by ‘Western ethos’ and not by the real India which resides in villages.
Bhagwat was addressing a gathering here on Tuesday during his four-day visit to Silchar, "Such crimes hardly take place in 'Bharat', but they occur frequently in 'India', he said.
"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 added.
The RSS supremo called for stricter laws against rape and crime against women. He said a new legislation on sex crimes would be a laudable step and also asserted capital punishment for rape crime.
He claimed that the RSS has been supporting the uproar across the country demanding death penalty for those responsible for the December 16 gang rape of 23-year-old Nirbhaya, who died on December 29.
Ridiculing the government for handling of affairs in the case, he said that government instead wasted energy in applying force against the protesters at Delhi's Vijay Chowk.
Taking up the issue of illegal infiltrators from Bangladesh, Bhagwat said that these migrants have reached the commanding position and could influence the political equations. He said such elements have been sneaking in through a porous international border, threatening the security and integrity of India. But, the RSS chief said, Assam would never become another Kashmir.
"We've been passing through a time when the country's border is not secure, and people are suffering from insecurity and price rise. There's seems no rescue from such situation," Bhagwat said.
He also said that the Hindus from Bangladesh and Pakistan can't be called infiltrators and they are all welcome. "Hindus should always be treated on humanitarian ground. They can't become 'doubtful' voters. Many Hindus from Pakistan who took shelter in India were granted citizenship. This should be done in case of Hindus who came to India from neighbouring Bangladesh as well," the RSS leader said.The RSS chief had created a flutter last week when he had said in Silchar in Assam that 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 gang rape incident was slammed by Congress, CPI-M and women's bodies while BJP and RSS defended it saying the comment should be taken in proper perspective.
Bhagwat had 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 gangrape or sex crimes," he had said.
RSS spokesman Ram Madhav said the projection of Bhagwat's views on the marriage system in the Indian context is "totally false".
"It is totally falsifying his views. He said the western marriage system is contractual where a man and a woman consider marriage as a contract whereas he also went on to say that Indian marriage system is a very sacred institution.
"In this, the woman has a place of great respect and the man has certain obligations towards the family and the way the whole thing was projected was as though Bhagwat was calling Indian marriage contractual. This is total distortion of what he has said," according to Madhav.