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Updated: September 1, 2013 13:04 IST

People who don't respect women are demons: Modi

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Self styled godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai coming out the airport in Bhopal on Friday. Photo: A.M. Faruqui
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Self styled godman Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai coming out the airport in Bhopal on Friday. Photo: A.M. Faruqui

Twenty-four hours ahead of his deadline to surrender before the Jodhpur police, godman Asaram Bapu’s lawyer on Friday withdrew his petition for a transit bail in the Gujarat High Court even as Chief Minister Narendra Modi likened him to a monster, although without naming him.

Asaram’s lawyer Sudhir Nanavati moved the court seeking a transit bail for him but after Justice A.J. Desai indicated that the court would reject the bail plea unless it was withdrawn, Mr. Nanavati withdrew the plea.

Asaram has been hiding in Bhopal, where he is learnt to be enjoying political patronage.

At a function in the newly created district of Chhota Udepur in Gujarat, Mr. Modi referred to women’s safety and said one might be accomplished in religious scriptures but “if they do not respect women, society sees them as rakshasas [demons].” “It is a blot on any society. From any corner of the nation if such news [on incidents against women] comes, it shames us,” he added.

Mr. Modi is learnt to have expressed his displeasure at the BJP leaders from Madhya Pradesh defending Asaram. His comments on Friday assumed significance as they indicated his government’s end to patronage to Asaram in Gujarat. Asaram had earlier avoided appearing before the Justice D.K. Trivedi Commission, which was probing the mysterious death of Dipesh and Abhishek Vaghela, who were not even in their teens, in his ashram in Ahmedabad.

Nobody knows what happened with that girl in ashram as the girl herself is changing statements......but if she is right then people will understand the reality of such godmans.

from:  Ajay J
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 12:58 IST

I am glad Mr. Modi condemned this supposed godman for his alleged abuse,
let the justice decide his guilt. Based on what I know in Modi's Gujarat
Hindu temples are routinely removed if they encroach on public land or
infrastructure projects. That is the way it should be and I am glad at
least one politician has the guts to do the right thing in larger public
interest even if it may impact religious sentiments - this should be
equally applied to all religions.

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Sep 1, 2013 at 05:37 IST


2 instances in recent times. One, a politician from MP charged with
unnatural sex with his servant; two, a guruji charged with sexual
assault of a minor.

Let the truth come out. Let it take its own time. There are courts
to decide. I am not siding with any of the two or questioning the
credibility of the victims. Just a stray thought that crossed my

The MP politician is around 80. The Guruji is 70+. At this advanced
age, will the human being (man) will have the virility to indulge in
the acts they are charged with? Reply from a biology professor will
be most welcome.

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 22:28 IST

1. Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi has perhaps not complained
against Modi. She may have reasons. Unless one knows
them one need not comment on the basis of one's
perception. So referring to her in the present context
is unnecessary.

2. What Modi actually believes is hard to say. In fact
that is true for any politician because all have their
political goals in mind. He perhaps understands the
political implication of supporting Asaram Bapu in the
present situation. He has to present a cleaner image at
the national level than that of other politicians within
and without BJP. These days he is quick to responding to
various issues. On the other hand, MP CM Shiv Raj Singh
is worried about his vote bank and believes that he may
lose some Hindu voters if he speaks against Asaram Bapu.

from:  Yogendra Joshi
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 20:24 IST

Dont lose the significance of this. Modi is not afraid to challenge the base when there is a core issue at stake...this is EXACTLY what India needs- those who say that he does not pander to minorities ( read Muslims)..should note that he does not pander to Hindus either. A modern leader in the truest sense

from:  vini
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 17:41 IST

One should appreciate Modi's condemnation of Asaram

from:  siva oddenna
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 16:18 IST

I hope Modi knows about "Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi" before giving lectures about respect for women

from:  Shahid
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 15:07 IST

Yes, Modi is right. It is good that someone from the BJP has come out
against this godman. Evil people are evil irrespective of how much
piousness they display, and this applies to people of all religions.

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 14:17 IST

To the benefit of some, Godhra is not germane to this debate. Modi is assumed to be guilty even if courts dont think so. Even if it is too difficult for someone to accept that Modi is not mass-murderer, does it dilute the message that "Women should be respected". How low will people go to satisfy personal grudge against Mr Modi.

from:  Shashank
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 13:54 IST

One should appreciate Modi's condemnation of Asaram. It really sends a message to
other charlatans that under Modi's watch they will not get patronage. Modi may do this
to gain some secular credentials, nevertheless he has done something very positive. We
never heard Advani and others say these things. Not even Man Mohan Singh.

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 13:06 IST

Look who's talking, the man who himself does not respect women.Mr Modi
needs to do some soul-searching and check his own past comments first.

from:  Vidhi
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 09:56 IST

This is laughable in a perverse way. Here is a CM who presided over the
massacre of innocent women in 2002, women who were butchered and
sexually assaulted in the most horrific manner and now he pontificates.

from:  Bob Mathews
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 08:40 IST

... so Mr Modi now calls some Indian citizen as 'Demons'; he must be
punished for such divisive statements.

from:  Sunil Lathwal
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 08:36 IST

one has to learn how to twist facts from journalists. mr.modi meant only this. any religious preachers if they do not respect women, they are demons. this includes all religions.

from:  S K IYER
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 07:33 IST

Modi is correct about pointing that people who have no respect for
are to be termed as Demons.But we have to add that Demons only have
treated women badly in scriptures.The Gauravas in mahabharat ill
Draupathy and Ravana did the same thing to Sita. They met
at the end.On the other hand Good men treated all with respect.In
Ramayana lord Rama hesitated to kill,Thadaka who is a bad woman from
the demon clad before aiming arrow and killing her.For us who wanted
scriptures should also treat women with respect without hurting them
even with harsh words,whether in politics or social life.

from:  T.S.Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 03:41 IST

Modi has taken the right stand. Let us hope that other politicians, esp. Uma Bharathi
will follow this example. If this self styled godman is innocent and has nothing to
hide, he should face the charges and go to the police voluntarily. After all he is
damned rich and can employ high priced lawyers and defend himself.

from:  TSK Moorthy
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 02:30 IST

How about hundreds of minority women who were raped under your rule in
Gujarat in 2002? You can not escape complicity charges and moral
culpability of your inaction when minority community was being targeted
by delivering lectures on morality. It won't wash away, it won't
disappear, it will continue to challenge your moral authority to be the
chief executive of India.

from:  Naveed Khan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 01:37 IST

The title is more speculative than fact. But in any case, this is the correct thing to do, especially after the old man tried to make the case political by involving the ruling family into his rhetoric.

from:  Deepan
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 00:21 IST

At least we have one leader who is not afraid to criticize religious
gurus if they advocate the wrong path. Modi continues to impress!

To me, what Modi said is real secularism, not putting on Tikas or skull
caps to appease religious sections. A leader should have the courage to
speak against what is wrong, irrespective of worrying about vote-bank

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Aug 31, 2013 at 00:09 IST

Wisdom lies calling spade a spade.

from:  chandra khandelwal
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 23:49 IST

The only point where i agree with Mr. Modi

from:  Raghav
Posted on: Aug 30, 2013 at 23:48 IST
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