New Delhi, Jan 7 (IBNS) The Congress on Monday said political and religious leaders should think before speaking out, as spiritual leader Asaram Bapu triggered a controversy saying the Delhi gangrape victim was 'as guilty' as the accused in the crime.
Reacting to Bapu´s comments, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters: "I will like to say that political leaders including religious leaders must give serious thought before they speak out."
India´s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also condemned the spiritual leader´s remarks.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters: "The remarks are regrettable, deeply disturbing and painful."
"We will urge Asaram Bapu to withdraw the comments," he said.
BJP leader Balbir Punj told media, "I would say the man of this stature made a very childish suggestion. It not only need to be condemned but one should laugh at it also."
Writer Chetan Bhagat tweeted: "According to Asaram Bapu logic, there can be no underworld crimes in Mumbai. After all, here everybody calls them bhai."
Sparking off a controversy, Bapu said: "The victim daughter was as guilty as her rapists."
"She should have taken the name of God and called the culprits brothers. She should have begged before them to stop.. This could have saved her dignity and life," he said.
"Can one hand clap? I don´t think so," Bapu said.
Bapu reportedly said he was against harsher punishments for the culprits as the law could be ´misutilised´.
On Dec 16, the six raped and brutalised the 23-year-old medical student with an iron rod on a moving bus.
The victim succumbed to her injuries at a Singapore hospital on Dec 29.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage against rising cases of rape and brutalization of women in India with people pouring into the streets of New Delhi for days and demanding a change of law and strict punishment of the accused.