Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the "filthy RSS male chauvinist mentality" was behind the remarks of BJP MLA Surendra Singh who said rape cases can be "stopped" if parents teach their daughters to behave "decently".
"This is the filthy RSS male chauvinist mentality at work. Men do the raping but women need to be taught good values," Rahul said in a tweet.
Earlier, the Ballia MLA said incidents like Hathras rape-murder can only be stopped if "good values" are given to young daughters.
"Yeh ghatnaye keval sanskaar se ruk sakti hain, shashan aur talwar se rukne wala nahin hain. Sabhi mata-pita ka dharm hai ki woh apni jawan aur yuvti beti ko ek sanskari vaatavaran mein shaalin vyavhaar karne ka tareeka sikhana chahiye. (Such incidents can only be stopped by good values, and not by governance or sword. It is every parent's dharma to raise their young daughters in a cultured environment and teach them to behave decently)," the MLA said when asked to comment on the Hathras gang-rape case.
"If it is the government's dharma to provide protection, it is the family's dharma to teach good values to their children. It is only the combination of government and good values that can make the country beautiful," he said.
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped at a village in Hathras by four men on September 14. After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where she breathed her last on Tuesday.
She was cremated in the early hours of Wednesday, with her family alleging the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night.