New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he will not call the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) the Sangh Parivar any longer, IANS reported.
His statement comes following the controversial incident of nuns being attacked and forced to step out from a train in Uttar Pradesh by members of Bajrang Dal on March 19.
, "This is my belief that the RSS and affiliated organisations should not be called the Sangh Parivar...In a family there are women, there is respect for elders, there are love and affection... which is not in the RSS. So now I will not call the RSS as Parivar (family)," Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.
The Congress leader attacked the RSS on the issue, "The attack in UP on nuns from Kerala is a result of the vicious propaganda run by the Sangh Parivar to pitch one community against another and trample the minorities. Time for us as a nation to introspect and take corrective steps to defeat such divisive forces."
According to reported, the incident took place last week when the nuns were travelling on the Haridwar-Puri Utkal Express when they were attacked and forced to step out from the train by the right wing members accusing them of religious conversions.
They were allowed to proceed only after an inquiry at the railway station established there was no conversion involved.
A 25-second video from the train compartment shows the women surrounded by some men, some of whom appear to be policemen.