January 25, 2009
The 40-odd workers of Sri Ram Sena and Bajrang Dal entered the pub, Amnesia, and assaulted the girls. The teenaged girls were chased, slapped, hit and dragged.
The incident has left the citizens shocked. Women's groups have condemnded the incident and asked for stern action from the State government. Madhu Kishwar termed it inhuman and demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the violence.
Another eminent women rights' activist Ranjana Kumari criticised the administration and said that lack of harsh action on the right-wing hooligans is resulting in increased attacks on women, whose freedom is under serious threat in the South Indian state.
The Sri Ram Sena, which claims to be an organisation involved in moral policing and preventing the youth from getting 'corrupted' by Western culture, has been in the news for similar attacks in the past also. Its chief Praveen Muthalik is known for his extremist leanings.
The Sena, which is also known as Ram Sene, has been accused of involvement in attacks on several Churches across the state in the last year. The BJP ruled Karnataka has witnessed a sudden rise in such incidents of mob violence in the last year.
National Commission for Women (NCW) member Nirmala Venkatesh said that the inquiry would be conducted by the commission. Union Minister Renuka Chaudhary said that the incident reflects the Talibanisation of the country and said that the Chief Minister should act immediately and effectively.