"It is an absolutely illogical statement least expected from him. We had immense respect for Asaram Bapu and also have many books related to him but as soon as we get back to Delhi we would put them on fire," said the victim's family members while venting their anger at the guru.
Continuing their ire on Asaram Bapu, kin of the gangrape victim, who was given "Amanat", "Braveheart" and so many other names, said, "Godman or saints can never say anything of this sort... It only exposes his mentality."
Earlier, he had said that the victim of the Delhi gangrape could have saved herself by addressing her violators as bhaiyya (brother) and beseeching for mercy.
Then, he aggravated the situation when he claimed that an "anti-men" campaign had taken hold following the Delhi gangrape incident and that a new anti-rape law enacted in such a climate will be prone to be similarly misused as anti-dowry laws and SC and ST Act.
The spiritual guru cautioned that any new law on crime against women may be misused by vested interests.
"Mahilayon ki izzat honi chahiye par ek doosre ko neecha dikhane ke liye log bazaaru mahilayon ka istemaal kar is kanoon ka durupyog kar sakte hain. Aisa aksar dekha gaya hai. Dahej kanoon iska sabse bada uddharan hai (Women should be respected but no new law should be framed which can be misused by vested interests with the help of women of loose morals)," he said, addressing his followers in Bhankari village on the outskirts of Delhi.