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Jan 06, 2013 at 02:17pm IST

Women should be just housewives and men the earning members, says RSS chief

New Delhi: After creating a furore with his India-Bharat remark on increasing rapes in the country, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has once again kicked up a controversy by saying that women must restrict themselves to household work. In a speech in Indore, Bhagwat said that a husband and a wife are bound by a social contract where the wife has to take care of the household chores and the husband's duty is to earn for the house and protect his wife.

"There is a theory of social contract in the universe. A husband and a wife are bound by a contract which says - you (woman) look after the household chores and satisfy me, I (man) will take care of your needs and will protect you. Till she delivers her duties without fail, he keeps her on the contract and if she fails to honour the contract, he disowns her. And if it is the husband who is not honouring the contract, she can also abandon him. One can go for a new contract then," he said.

Earlier on Friday, Bhagwat was criticised when he said that rapes happened in cities and not in the rural areas. "Such crimes (rapes) hardly take place in Bharat, but they frequently occur in India," Bhagwat had said indicating that "westernisation" in Indian cities was the reason behind increasing cases of rapes.

"You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gangrape or sex crimes. They are prevalent in some urban belts. Besides new legislations, Indian ethos and attitude towards women should be revisited in the context of ancient Indian values," Bhagwat had told a gathering of RSS workers in Silchar, Assam.

Defending Bhagwat, RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav had said, "The statement should be taken in the right prospective. He has condemned the heinous crime and said that if necessary people who are involved in such kind of act should be hanged to death. He said that in Bhartiya tradition, we have great respect for women and if we go away from the Bhartiya tradition of respecting woman, one will end up in indulging in such criminal acts. There is no need to give other interpretations to his statement."

The recent gangrape and murder case of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi has shaken the country with thousands of people taking to the streets and demanding stricter anti-rape laws.

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