Women’s commission to probe Mangalore pub assault

January 27th, 2009 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) Terming it as a “very unfortunate” incident, the National Commission of Women (NCW) Tuesday formed a committee to probe the assault on some young women by members of a self styled moral brigade in a pub in Mangalore last week. “The commission is aghast at the kind of behaviour of the so called moral police with the young women in Mangalore. It was a very unfortunate incident, both illegal and not permissible. We have taken suo motu cognizance of the same and formed a committee,” Girija Vyas, chairperson of NCW told IANS.

“The committee will go to Mangalore either tomorrow (Wednesday) or the day after and meet the victims, who are still in a shock. They will then submit a report on the same,” Vyas added.

The two member committee constitutes a lawyer and a social activist.

On Saturday, a group of 40 activists of the Sri Rama Sena barged into the pub Amnesia - The Lounge in Mangalore. They bashed up a group of young women and men, claiming the women were “violating traditional Indian values”. The girls were punched and their hair pulled by the self-styled moral brigade.

The incident has invited sharp reactions from all quarters. The police have so far arrested 27 of the 40 member group, including Sena state vice-president Prasad Attavara.

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