Woman is bound by contract to look after husband: Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who stoked a controversy a few days ago saying that rapes do not take place in rural India, has created a fresh row with remarks that a woman is bound by contract to husband to look after him.

"A husband and wife are involved in a contract under which the husband has said that you should take care of my house and I will take care of all your needs. I will keep you safe. So, the husband follows the contract terms. Till the time, the wife follows the contract, the husband stays with her, if the wife violates the contract, he can disown her," Bhagwat told a gathering on Saturday.

Reacting sharply, CPM leader Brinda Karat said, "I don't think it is really surprising because at the end of the day this is what RSS is. That is why I think it is the retrogade 'samiti' of India. These were the regents who when the BJP was in power wanted a new Constitution of India, based on 'Manushriti'. So when he talks in this language, he only reflects his ideology."

On Sunday, the RSS chief tried to hardsell Hindutva at the organisation's biggest show here while measuring his words carefully to avoid courting further controversies. The RSS claimed that more than 70,000 activists from Indore and Ujjain took part in the event.

"Only those oppose the RSS whose interests are harmed by its existence,'' Bhagwat said on Sunday and insisted that only 'Hindu thought' has the potential to solve problems faced by the society. "Be a RSS volunteer to become a real human being."

Bhagwat said it was time to throw out the government and mentioned infiltration, China, Pakistan, terrorism, porous borders as reasons to remove any doubts that he was referring to the Central government. "Bring in the change, only you can do it because you are suffering. Even gods help those who help themselves," he said. Quoting Rabindranath Tagore, he said only Hindu thought, and not politics can unite all communities and religions. "We need leaders with clean image and credibility," he said, adding that it was time "to revive our ancient culture". "The country disintegrated and was colonised because it gave up Hindu ethos," he said.

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