NCW member gets notice over Mangalore pub probe

February 6th, 2009 - 12:11 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) The ministry of women and child development, headed by Renuka Chowdhury, Thursday evening issued a show-cause notice to National Commission for Women (NCW) member Nirmala Venkatesh, who probed the pub attack on women in Mangalore, for her “unbecoming” action and “dereliction of duty”.”Your acts are unbecoming of a member of the National Commission for Women. These are detrimental to public interest. You are required to explain your conduct and why action should not be taken against you for dereliction of duty,” a ministry statement said.

Nirmala Venkatesh, who led an NCW team to probe the Jan 24 attack on women in a Mangalore pub, instead of denouncing the outrage, said that the pub did “not have enough security” and that “women have to safeguard themselves”. She also shifted the probe focus to whether or not the pub had the licence to serve liquor.

The NCW subsequently distanced itself from Venkatesh’s remarks and dubbed her report “null and void”.

A mob of about 40 Hindu radicals from an outfit called Sri Ram Sene assaulted women at the pub, molested them and dragged them by their hair - in the name of protecting Indian culture.

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