Suppose the current generation of Indian populace is living in an age some 300-400 years backward from now, what Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh, has indicated by prescribing a Lakshman rekha for women could have possibly been taken as some thing relevant, to some extent atleast. What does he mean by telling that the women of India are required to remain within necessary Lakshman rekha, the boundary line for them, obviously hinting at as if they are moving publicly fully exposed? Does he mean that they should keep themselves covered all the time with a burqa, or say a naqab while going outside their house hold, or even inside it, as there are some in certain communities in the country who still practice it?. Does he mean that they should stop going to schools and colleges to pursue their studies, or they should quit their job if they are working some where in some office or an establishment, or they should stop going to some hospital in the event they fall sick, or yet even they should refrain from going for some shopping as per day today urgencies?. All this can be suggested by a person who only lives in a fools paradise, an utopia. Only mentally retarded a person can come out with such an absurd proposition in the present day world.
History has it that there did exist a purda system in India after invasion by Moghals, and it was as a safeguard against the invaders eyeing the beautiful girls and women, they rather let loose their rape spree on the beauties of the country. The instant case of New Delhi gang rape, in which context the statement under reference was made, is not the one like this, it was the case of both the rapists and the victim being wholly Indians. The victim was not in any provocative dress, she was rather travelling in a public transport genuinely accompanied by a friend of hers. What was wrong in it, or what was provocative in it. What Mohan Bhagwat says looks like advising the people not to keep any goods in their house as it tempts the thieves and robbers to commit burglary and robbery. Just so funny and quixotic. His statement in a way supports the devilish act of the rapists and it just requires to be totally condemned.