Bhagwat said, "Such crimes hardly take place in 'Bharat', but they occur frequently in 'India'."
However, he did not give any documentary evidence to prove his point. It is well-known that many rapes in rural areas go unreported in the country.
"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 said.