New Delhi: Outraged by the criticism over his remarks blaming Delhi gang rape victim responsible for the incident, self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu on Tuesday compared all those criticizing him with ‘barking dogs’.

"First one dog barked. Then another dog barked. Soon all the dogs in the neighbourhood started barking," he said addressing his supporters.

"Now if the elephant runs behind the dogs, then their (dogs) value increases and that of the elephant comes down," Asam said gesturing towards himself. "They can say what they like. I don't care. I still maintain why should I run behind the dogs."

"Now what did I say wrong. A man approached me and said my wife fights with me. So I said you can't with one hand. So what's wrong with that. Now this comment was joined with another comment," he said trying to underplay the controversy. "Does an elephant give importance to dogs by reacting? he said, adding, "let people infer what they want."

Earlier on Monday, the spiritual guru had sparked controversy saying that the December 16 Delhi gang rape victim is as guilty as those responsible for the barbaric sexual assault on her. “Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim is as guilty as her rapists. She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop. This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don't think so,” Asaram Bapu said.

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According to reports, the spiritual guru had also opposed harsher punishments for the accused as the law could be misused. “We have often seen such laws are made to be misused. Dowry harassment law is the biggest example."

Asaram’s remark came at a time when the entire nation is mourning the death of the 23-year-old brave heart who died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later after the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, the family of 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim has taken a strong exception to Asaram Bapu's controversial statement on the girl, terming it as "illogical". "It is an absolutely illogical statement least expected from him," the family said.

"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," the brother of the deceased said terming the statement as "very cheap and downgrade."


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