New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who stoked a controversy a few days ago saying that rapes do not take place in rural but urban India, has created a fresh row now with remarks that a woman is bound by contract to husband to look after him.
"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 told a rally here yesterday.
Reacting sharply to Bhagwat's comment, CPI(M) 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."
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 gangrape 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.
Bhagwat has been misquoted: RSS
After creating a controversy with his remarks that "rapes occur frequently in urban India and not in rural Bharat", RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has reportedly said that men and women are bound by a contract according to which a women's duty is to take care of household chores, while the husband's duty is to earn for the house.
However, RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav has said that Bhagwat has been misquoted and added that he was referring to western marriages being based on a contractual system.
"It is unfortunate that the media has totally misrepresented Sri Bhagwatji's comment on the western marriage system. The media has projected his comment and his views on the Indian marriage system, which is false," Madhav said.
"He (Bhagwat) said that western marriage system is contractual and many social scientists also agree that the western marriage system is contractual. Where as the Indian marriage system is a sacred concept where women have a lot of respect and men have certain obligations," he said.
"It is a total distortion of what he said. Absolutely, his views were misrepresented. He did not say that the Indian marriage system was a contract. I request that the media should not do such things," he added.