Joining Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat and god man Asaram Bapu, who have made controversial remarks following the Delhi gang-rape incident, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi on Tuesday said women should not go out with men other than relatives.
“Women should not venture out with men who are not relatives,” Azmi said.
“What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped,” he said, adding that “such incidents (like the Delhi gang-rape) happen due to influence of western culture”.
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 to 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, adding that “I am 100% 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 demanded that a law be made to punish sex between unmarried willing partners with death sentence before making provision for awarding capital punishment for rape. Supporting Bhagwat’s statement on rapes, Azmi demanded that educated rural women, not Bollywood actors like Sharmila Tagore and Shabana Azmi, must be made members of the censor board to ensure that films confirmed to the values of “Bharatvarsh” and explicit scenes are not approved. Incidentally, Azmi’s daughter in law Ayesha Takia is a Bollywood actress.
“Give the death penalty (for rape) but first plug the loopholes,” said Azmi, adding that such a law against illicit relations had to be enacted first. “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.
He added that in Arab countries, which had stringent punishments for rape, unmarried couples or couples who had not been married to each other could not stay in hotels. “Introduce the death sentence (for rape) but finish off (pre and extra marital) sex,” said Azmi, demanding that this too needed to be punished with death sentence. “Otherwise, the law will be misused.”
He rued that “fashion” and “nangapan” were on the rise. “I have no problems with Bollywood, I have a problem with the nangapan in Bollywood,” said Azmi. He added that in states like Rajasthan, there was a culture of women staying in purdah, which ensured that men did not look at them with an “evil eye.” However, an “evil eye” was cast on girls who were scantily clad, Azmi said.
Azmi attacked MNS chief Raj Thackeray for his comments about Biharis being responsible for the Delhi gang rape.