5 pm Jan 08, 2013
Should Asaram Bapu apologise for his remarks about the Delhi gang-rape victim?
Chat with advocate Mihira Sood on whether Asaram Bapu should apologise for his remarks about the Delhi gang-rape victim.
20 questions answered
- On one hand, when the country is clamoring for justice for rape victims, this self styled god, make such remarks. It just shows their mindset, what makes so many people these persons.....with no supernatural powers. HE SHOULD APOLOGIZE AND EXPLAIN TO NATION, WHY HE SAID SO Asked by: S ESHWAR
- Madam, don't you think media-both print and electronic- should not give any cognizance to the statement by Asaram Bapu who himself is having a tarnished image amongst the society? His remarks should simply be balcked out in the media. Asked by: Shyam Vadalker
- Mihira Sood Perhaps it does feed his hunger for publicity but the media needs to highlight such views. There are enough people in the country who will cite examples of a woman President, a woman Prime Minister etc and deny that patriarchy or misogyny still exist. It is important for the media to open their eyes to the reality.
- I am at a loss to understand why can’t his followers fail to see the high stupidity and foolishness in his comments. The only reason I can see that because it is a very crowded market these religious leaders need to resort to gaining cheap publicity by being in the news albeit for wrong reasons. Is there any other reason you can see which may possibly condone to what he said? Asked by: Vipul
- Mihira Sood No Vipul, I think his remarks are reprehensible and there can be no codonation of such views, especially by a public figure. He could equally have gained publicity by making a statement that is genuinely empathetic and sensitive, particularly since such statements from our political class have been so scant.
- Yes Asaram Bapu must appologise for his attrocious comments. Self proclaaimed GODmen need to hold their thoughts as they would be misunderstood by their followers. However, there are certain comments that he made which do merit attention.Mskng a strong law against any heinious crime could be misused for personal selfish reasons like the dowry act. Before making any such law we need to ensure we have provisions that would ensure that these laws are not misused. Asked by: Arun
- Mihira Sood Every law can be misused or subject to false allegations. That is the purpose of a trial, which is in itself a safeguard against malicious prosecution. It is strange that any woman-friendly law is attacked for being open to misuse, as if false allegations cannot be made for theft, negligence, consumer laws or anything else.
- How can a people say that if she had taken Guru Diksha,her inner sense must have forced her to think about God and God must have showed some way to out of that condition.How can Asharam say that she must have not remembered about God in that condition or only Guru diksha is the way to get hear your inner sence.?? Asked by: Vineet Mishra
- In these debates about woman rights there is a growing sense among many people how every view which questions some of the views held by "generation next" seems to evoke such strong lynch mob attitude dont u think that we must also in our search for answers to such brutal crimes also look for wisdom from some spiritual people. instead of simply looking for all answers only from lawmakers and policing. Asked by: vins
- What does the law say about such remarks from religious and legal people. His comments are morally wrong, but is there a law that can be used against him and other political and religious leaders?? Asked by: ks
- Mihira Sood Technically, there is a case that can be made out of obscenity under Section 292 and 294. Section 292 includes in the definition of obscene, anything which has the effect of depraving or corrupting the morals of the public and Section 294 prohibits doing any obscene act in a public place. While this interpretation of obscenity has not been taken so far, since it is usually applied in cases of representations of sexuality, it is an argument worth making, as a start.
- Mihira,One more thing I want to ask that when we have IT Act for the people who write something on their FB wall and police arrest them for hurting the religious sentiments .Why we have Law only for the statements that are in electronic media.Why dont we have any law for the people who are hurting the sentiments of people through their public speaking and if we have why no one is filing suit against people like Asaram and Mohan Bhagwat like we have done in case of Owaisi(i still agree that Owaisi case is much different with these) Asked by: Vineet Mishra
- I still believe there will be endless queues for his "Satsang". Does this itself not say about the hypocrisy that we Indians practice? We are implusive and blame others for everything. Be it corruption / crime against women, we all say ideal things but practice the opposite. It is a sadistic society we live in. Any reactions? Vipul Asked by: Vipul
- how can people in the sub continent break free from these self acclaimed "god", don't they believe in the existence of the ONE AND ONLY ? Asked by: Mansoor
- Cant we have freedom of speech. Has everyone to be Obama , cant we have few sarah palins. why should India be outraged for everything. Then we will have people making only politically corect statements. Asked by: Godwin
- when i see the conversation and the media outpouring i feel there is a mismatch especially with regard to the scale of reporting. The way in which asaram speaks seems to be like a elderly person warning a child about the precautions that a younger person should take while dealing with this world. to take it to this extant isnt it a little bit of a over reaction. Asked by: vins
- Good Evening Maam, Nirbhaya the poor girl after the trauma and torture she went through are we allowing her soul to really rest in peace with what is going on? Cant these irresponsible statements stop and what is the way to stop it? Asked by: Christopher Johnson
- Mihira Sood The best way to stop such statements is to reject them and their message - socially, verbally and through our actions> in terms of the law, while there is no specific law to deal with hate speech against women, there are interpretations of laws against obscenity, public nuisance, offensive statements that can be creatively interpreted in such cases, though this has not been done so far.
- I wonder how useful an apology would be, given that it would obviously be to appease the outraged. Can legal action be taken against him and others who make this kind of remark, and if so, what? Second, what do you think the media's policy should be on such noisemakers? To give them the attention they want or to ignore at the cost of not making their idiocy public knowledge? Asked by: SS
- People like mr.guruji through their speeches can make their own followers to have an insane and venomous mindset towards women in the society which will reflect on thir own female children.He shouldn't have given a anti-revolutionary speech like this... Asked by: Anto, Bangalore
- One fails to understand how the so called educated people are falling for people like Asaram , who calls himself GOd. Is there any portion of the law applicable to him who dupe others in the name of GOD? Asked by: Babs Mishra
- dont u think that there are double standards when it comes to interpretation of modern views and conservative views. We berate people if someone holds conservative views Asked by: vins
- Hi Mihira, Somebody should file a PIL against him. At least people will be more careful in the future if there are dragged to court by common people Asked by: Suhas M
- The media is doing a good job of exposing the regressive and misogynistic views held by these 'spiritual' and political leaders, who are not worthy of leading society in any positive direction, and condemning them unequivocally. But we as a society should not delude ourselves in believing that these views are held by a small minority, when in fact a majority of us do share similar views and approve of them. Is that not why such public figures are able to make such repulsive statements and get away with it? We still have a long way to go before India treats its women and any mistreated classes as equal human beings worthy of dignity and respect. The prevalence of saner and enlightened voices in the public sphere might help bring about a gradual, yet urgently needed change in our mindsets. Asked by: M
- I dont think he should apologise, as that would mean a missed opportunity to leave him exposed. Asked by: Vipul
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