Elements like pub attackers are ‘threat to national security’: RenukaFebruary 3rd, 2009 - 11:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury Tuesday said elements like those who attacked women in a Mangalore pub were “threat to national security”.Chowdhury also lashed out at the Karnataka government over the attack by a self-styled moral brigade on some women in the pub, as a two-member team from her ministry, which conducted the probe into the incident, submitted its report Tuesday.
“The matter is not just limited to attack on women in a pub but should be seen as breakdown of law and order machinery in the state where some anti-social elements can take law into their hands. It is high time the state government should pull up socks”.
Around 40 members of Sri Rama Sene (army of god Rama) barged into a Mangalore pub Jan 24 and bashed up several young men and women in the name of moral policing.
“We need to see how these men were allowed to do such things and what empowers them. All such elements are risk to national security and we are really going to do something,” Chowdhury said.
About the investigation conducted by the ministry team, Chowdhury said: “I received the report. The team that visited Mangalore has informally briefed me about it, but I would be able to comment on it after I go through the report.”
The ministry sent the team led by joint secretary Kiran Chadha to probe the incident after the three-member committee of the National Commission for Women (NCW) failed to submit the report on time.
“Even after five days of investigation, the NCW did not pass on the report to me, and realizing the urgency of the issue I sent a separate team Sunday,” Chowdhury said.
A three-member NCW team, led by Nirmala Venkatesh, visited the pub and said that the licence of the pub should be cancelled as it was illegally allowing live band performances and lacked proper security.
Venkatesh’s comment was, however, contradicted by the commission’s chairperson Girija Vyas.
Commenting on posters being put up by some organiations in Srinagar warning couples not be seen together, Chowdhury said: “It is like Talbanisation of India and such matters should be dealt strictly.”
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