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Jan 06, 2013 at 08:54pm IST

Women's safety: Politicians suffer from foot-in-mouth disease, fail to act

New Delhi: Under fire over his 'India and Bharat' comment, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat got another jolt over an alleged comment on the role of women in society. "A husband and a wife are involved in a social contract. The wife has to take care of the household work and the husband has to meet her needs and protect her. If the wife violates the contract, the husband can disown her," he said while addressing a rally in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. That soundbyte sparked a row, before the RSS clarified that he was misinterpreted.

RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said, "He was trying to make a distinction between western marriage and Indian marriage."

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The political discourse on rape also took yet another turn with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray furthering his reactionary agenda, playing identity politics. "So many cases are slapped against me but no one is talking about the fact that all these rapists are from Bihar," he ranted. His comments drew sharp reactions.

Congress leader Rashid Alvi said, "This is harmful for democracy as people are dividing India." BJP leader Giriraj Singh said, "Leaders who use hate in their campaigns must be stopped. The Election Commission must disqualify their party."

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From the 'dented and painted' remark of Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee, to the 'deal gone wrong' remark by Trinamool Congress MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, to a Left leader making distasteful comments against the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the political discourse around crimes against women has increasingly been about raking controversies than taking concrete measures to curb crime.

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