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Yoga Will Bring Down Rapes: BJP Leader Murli Manohar Joshi

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 9: BJP senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi talks to media persons at his residence on March 9, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Joshi said he would accept any decision the party takes like a disciplined soldier and hope it will not dent the PM candidate’s prestige. He said the party’s Central Election Committee would take a decision on March 13 and rejected reports of a poster war between supporters of Modi. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

If yoga comes into the life of every common people, it will help in bringing down incidents of rape in the country, veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said on Sunday.

In a remark that may spark a controversy, he also said that Muslims do yoga five times in a day and termed "Prophet Mohammad as the greatest yogi".

"I believe if yoga comes into the life of common people, then the daily incidents of rape, I would not say, they will cease to exist, but there will definitely be a decrease in them.

"It will create a new way of thinking amongst men and women. Changing the way one feels for a human body ... that the body is such a machine which nature has given us for some larger work ... people's attention will go towards this," he said.

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