India needs soul searching, says religious leader

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 08:00 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) US-based religious leader Rajan Zed Saturday urged India to do serious soul searching on the way it treats women after the gang-rape victim died in Singapore.

"India could not even provide safer environment for her own women to go about their daily lives. It was blight on a country, which prided herself on having joined the league of hottest growth economies," Zed said.

The president of Universal Society of Hinduism issued a statement from Nevada.

Quoting scriptures, Zed said ancient Manusmriti said: "Where women are revered, there the gods are pleased; where they are not, no rite will yield any fruit."

Continuing indifference to poor treatment of women was not acceptable in the 21st century, he said.

"India needs to focus on urgent upliftment of women, forgetting her political battles. A strong political will and some serious and durable systemic reforms were urgently needed in this direction," he said.

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