"What happened to 'Damini' on 16 December in Delhi is a shame to the country. It was good to see the country united against these heinous crimes against women after this incident was furiously reported in the media. This also forced the political class to act.
"Politicians and civil society should come forward, including saints and godmen for tougher laws to protect women. But thugs like Asaram Bapu should be put behind bars.
"In the social gatherings of the rich in the cities, men and women hug to greet each other. Why is the need to do that? I grew up in rural India and even today I fear to shake hands with women.
"Even the orthodox Muslim countries have succeeded in giving stricter punishments to those who commit crime against women. We should take a cue from these countries.
"When the Delhi High Court vacated an official order that made unnatural sex a non-cognizable and non-bailable offence we should have all stood up together against it. But we did not do that.
"The anti-rape bill is not against the average Road Romeo, it is against the habitual ghume wala.
"The Sun Temple in Konark is full of sculptures of naked women and men. Khajuraho is full of such images. What will you do about them? Cover them up all?"
Image: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav leaves after a joint press conference.