New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday defended RSS chief over his controversial comment that ‘rape rampant in India not Bharat’, however, the party chose to dissociate itself from the comment made by Madhya Pradesh cabinet minister Kailash Vijayvargiya who had said that women will be punished if they cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Bhagwatji’s statement has been misinterpreted. His comments should be seen and understood in its entirety, he had referred to India’s sanskar where respect for women occupies a pride place.”
He spoke about the need to make strong laws, safety of women and respect for women, Prasad said, adding, “Women empowerment, women respect forms the core of the RSS.”
However, the senior BJP leader chose to completely wash his hands off the controversial statement made by Kailash Vijayvargiya.
“Party doesn’t approve of it and dissociates itself from the same,” he said while pointing out that Vijayvargiya has been asked to take back the comments.
First Published: Friday, January 04, 2013, 14:30