NCW condemns Mangalore pub violation

January 27th, 2009 - 2:19 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Seventeen activists of Sri Ram Sene, have been arrested relating to the assault on youngsters in a pub in Mangalore on Saturday night.

National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday condemned the attack on women in a pub in Karnataka’s coastal city of Mangalore by a self-styled moral brigade called Sri Rama Sene. They accused those women guests of behaving in an “obscene manner” and beaten them up. They also attacked some male customers, besides damaging property.

Meeting between NCW and DGP Karnataka will be hold further to probe the case. Nirmala Venkatesh, member in-charge of South India, stated that it was violation of a woman’s individuality and freedom. She said the existing Section 354 IPC needs an amendment.

“The section outraging a woman’s modesty needs to be amended. There should be a more stringent punishment than just two years’ imprisonment and instead of being a bailable offense with some fine, the offense should be made non-bailable… so that there is stronger deterrent and hooligans don’t get off the hook that easily” said Nirmala Venkatesh.

Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, Barkha Singh, also condemned the attack on the girls. “This is a violation of individual freedom. Who are they to stop girls on the grounds of culture? Nobody has a right to behave as culture police. It should be taken seriously and culprits should be punished severely,” she said.

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