Girls at Mangalore pub assaulted by Hindu outfit’s members

Mangalore (Karna), Jan 26 Members of a right wing Hindu group allegedly assaulted boys and girls in a Magalore pub accusing them of behaving in an”obscene manner”, prompting police to arrest 10 of the attackers.

“About 15 to 20 activists, reportedly belonging to Sri Ram Sene, barged into the pub late last night and assaulted boys and girls dancing there,”Inspector General of Police (Western Range) A M Prasad told PTI here today.

Even the girls were not spared by the agitated activists who chased and thrashed the victims when they tried to flee from the pub on the busy Balmatta Road in the heart of the city, eyewitnesses claimed.

The incident was immediately condemned by the opposition Congress and the state National Commission for Women which promised to take suo motu action against the culprits while the ruling BJP said it was sure that the state government will take strict action against the guilty.

Ten suspected activists of Sri Ram Sene were arrested and remanded to judicial custody till January 27 today on charges of assaulting the guests of the pub, police said. Prasad said the attackers alleged that the pub owner was allowing the boys and girls to dance and act in an”obscene manner”.

No damage has been caused to the pub in the incident, he added.

Terming the incident as “unfortunate, Karnataka NCW member Nirmala Venkatesh said the attackers had badly beaten victims especially girls and suo-motu action will be taken against them. There were also allegations of some of girls being molested. It is time, Hindu Women rise up to protest this molestation of women.