Silchar: RSS chief Mohanrao Bhagwat has slammed 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.