Lashing out Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for his remarks that divorces are frequent in educated and affluent families, actor Sonam Kapoor has said that such statements are only expected of regressive and foolish people.
In a tweet on Monday (February 17), the actor who has been vocal about women empowerment issues on social media posted a news piece of Bhagwat’s statement with the caption, “Which sane man speaks like this? Regressive foolish statements.”
Which sane man speaks like this? Regressive foolish statements https://t.co/GJmxnGtNtv
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) February 16, 2020
Bhagwat in a RSS workers meeting at Ahmedabad on Sunday (February 16) had said that the cases of divorce are found more in “educated and affluent” families as education and affluence brings arrogance along, which results in families falling apart.
“Nowadays the number of divorce cases have increased a lot. People fight 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.”
He also pointed out that there is no alternative to a Hindu society in India.
“We expect swayamsevaks to tell their family members about their activities in the Sangh, because many times women members of the family have to carry out more painful work than us to ensure that we can do what we do,” Bhagwat was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the RSS.
He said confining women to homes has resulted in the condition of the society that we see today. “The condition of the society is because of the customs that have been practising here for the last 2,000 years. 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 said.
“Hindu society should be virtuous and organised, and when we say society, it is not only men. A society is the one which gets its identity due to its sense of belonging,” he said.
“I am a Hindu, I respect the places of reverence associated with all faiths. But I am firm regarding my own place of reverence. I have got my sanskar from my family, and it is matru shakti which teaches us so,” he added.
“There is no society without a household, and women, who comprise half of the society, should become more enlightened. But if we do not care about our society, then neither we will survive, nor our family,” he said. “India has no option other than a Hindu society and Hindu society has no option but to behave like a family,” the RSS chief said.
(With inputs from agencies)