Gujarat-based preacher Morari Bapu claims that attending 'satsangs' (spiritual discourses) can help bring down rapes and other crimes against women because such gatherings help attain wisdom.
Speaking to reporters in Goa on Wednesday night, the preacher also said voters should repeatedly ask their elected parliamentarians about why the women's reservation bill is being stalled and implore them to pass it without delay.
Asked if attending satsangs can bring down instances of rape in the country, Morari Bapu said: "As far as I understand, rapes are not committed by those who attend satsang. And satsang is not a religious function...It is a spiritual (experience)."
He also said a woman's body should never be subjected to "atrocities, injustice and rape", adding that people should aspire to change the way they look at women by attending satsangs.
Murari Bapu, who is known for his discourse on Ramcharitmanas, also said he was not in agreement with the treatment meted out to Sita during the Agnipariksha, where, as the wife of Lord Rama, she was subjected to the rite of purification, which involved walking through fire.