SP leader Abu Azmi endorses RSS chief's view, says western culture to blame for rapes

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 08, 2013 15:31 hrs

New Delhi: Joining a list of leaders who made controversial remarks following the Delhi gangrape incident, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi on Tuesday said women should not go out with men other than relatives and agreed with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's view that most rapes take place in cities and not villages.

"Women should not venture out with men who are not relatives," Azmi, a member of Maharashtra assembly, said here.

"What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped," he said.

"Such incidents (like the Delhi gang rape) happen due to influence of western culture," Azmi said.

Scantily-clad women attract male attention, Azmi said adding rape cases are on the rise due to "women wearing less clothes."

Azmi agreed with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement on Bharat-India divide when it comes incidents of rape and that "rape is a phenomenon that happens in cities and not in villages".

"The number of rape cases in villages are less (compared to cities)," he said.

Azmi said "I am 100 per cent of the opinion that there should be a legislation to prevent outraging modesty of women".

He said "if a girl goes with her consent with him (boy friend) to a hotel and does not complain, then it is not an issue. But if the same girl goes with the boy to the hotel and no one knows what happens inside...and if the girl comes out and complains, he would be hanged," Azmi said.

Asaram Bapu had on Monday courted controversy for suggesting that the victim of the brutal sexual assault in Delhi was equally responsible for the crime saying the girl could have called her assailants brothers and begged them to stop.

Azmi said that Western culture had ruined Indian culture and led to increasing atrocities on women including rapes.

"Young girls and women must not roam around with any men except their parents, brothers or husband," Azmi said here.

"Having boyfriends and girlfriends has become a fashion in cities. This is why incidence of rapes is higher in urban areas compared to rural parts of the country," he added.

Azmi endorsed RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat, who last week expressed similar sentiments.

Asked if he supported the RSS chief's views, Azmi said: "What he is saying is something right. I cannot say he is wrong.

"If he calls the sun the sun or the moon the moon, I cannot say he is wrong just because of our political differences."

Saying that "we are all proud of our Indian culture and values", Azmi added that women in Rajasthan were always veiled. But when young women go out skimpily dressed, they attract attention and face risks.

"Such nudity must be banned. The censor board must not clear movies having explicit scenes which embarrass families watching them together.

"Women from rural India with knowledge of Indian culture must be inducted into the censor board," Azmi said.

Azmi felt that capital punishment for rape could be "misused by girls and innocent men could be hanged".

"Even if there is a consensual relationship and it turns sour later, girls could resort to blackmail and men would still be punished."

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