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Modi’s Aide, RBI Director S Gurumurthy, Tweets Rape Joke Over Sabarimala Issue

Gurumurthy has previously tweeted that the Kerala floods were a result of women trying to enter the Sabarimala shrine.

RSS ideologue and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) independent director, S Gurumurthy, tweeted a rape joke on the Sabarimala issue on Wednesday, implying that he would rather have a rape accused man in the 800-year-old shrine than women.

Gurumurthy’s ‘joke’ refers to the Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who has been accused of raping a nun in Kerala 13 times between 2014 to 2016.

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Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal (PC: Wikipedia)

Gurumurthy’s extremely offensive tweet has been condemned widely. Communist Party of India (Marxist) called out Gurumurthy and said that “Misogyny is RSS Tradition.”


The Sabarimala temple, which opened on October 17 after the Supreme Court order, had witnessed a stand-off over the issue with violent ‘devotees’ preventing at least a dozen women in the ten to fifty age group from entering the shrine. Many women in this age group, including journalists were physically attacked by right-wing protestors.

Instead of apologising for promoting rape culture through his tweet, Gurumurthy said that it was in ‘jest’ and that he regards women highly, “in the Indian way”.

Gurumurthy has previously tweeted that the Kerala floods were a result of women trying to enter the Sabarimala shrine. Modi government had appointed Gurumurthy on the RBI Board in August this year.

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