RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat courted controversy on Sunday over his bigoted statement that cases of divorce were more among 'educated and affluent' families. It was education and affluence among women that brought with them arrogance, which was the major cause for schism in families.
He not only tarnished the image of women, but took a dig at growing education among women.
At an organisation meeting in Nagpur on Sunday, he also had a solution to this - a Hindu society in India.
"Nowadays, the number of divorce cases have increased a lot. Couples were fighting over trifle issues. The cases of divorce are more in educated and affluent families, because with education and affluence comes arrogance, as a result of which families fall apart. The society also falls apart because society is also a family," Bhagwat said.
At the meeting attended by family members of the activists, he said,
"We expect swayamsevaks to tell their family members about their activities in the Sangh, because many times women members of the family had to carry out more painful work than us to ensure that we can do what we do," he added.
Justifying old customs that, he said, were being practised over 2,000 years, Bhagwat said that confining women to homes had helped create the present society.
"Women we have here were confined to homes. This was not the case 2,000 years ago. That was the golden age of our society," Bhagwat added.
In quick response, Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor termed Bhagwat's statements 'regressive'.