“…Then there is love, not by force. That is rape.”

“…Then there is love, not by force. That is rape.”

Prabhupada said, “Love is reciprocal, voluntary, good exchange of feeling, then there is love, not by force. That is rape. The… Why one is called lover, another is called rape?” – Evening darsana, 8 July 1976, Washington D.C.

“That is force. (indistinct) prema. In Bengali it is said ‘If you catch one girl or boy, “You love me, you love me, you love me.”‘ Is it love? (laughter) ‘You love me, otherwise I will kill you.’ (laughter) Is that love? So Krishna does not want to become a lover like that, on the point of revolver, ‘You love me, otherwise I shall kill you.’ That is not love, that is threatening. Love is reciprocal, voluntary, good exchange of feeling, then there is love, not by force. That is rape. The… Why one is called lover, another is called rape?”