“No one hand claps: mistake does not happen from one side”
GN Bureau | January 7, 2013
Self-claimed spiritual leader Asaram Bapu has joined the queue of the misquoted. At a religious gathering in Jaipur on Sunday, he found fault with the gangrape victim.
“Clapping cannot happen with one hand. A mistake does not happen by one side alone. The girl should have prayed to god and recited the Saraswati mantra. (When the rapists came down on her) she should have begged to them with folded hands, saying, please brother, leave me.”
The remarks created a furor with BJP, so far defending RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments, finally found form. Balbir Punj thought it was “childish” and not just worth “condemning” but also to be “laughed at.” Ravishankar Prasad was more forceful in terming it as “deeply disturbing” and asked Asaram Bapu for reflecting again.
However, on CNN-IBN channel, a spokesperson for the religious leader maintained that there was nothing wrong in the remarks in full and the media was distorting them.
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