Moral police bust party, assault girls in Mangalore
It was January 2009 once again. About 50 activists of a pro-Hindu organisation barged into a house in Mangalore on Saturday and in the name of moral policing assaulted the inmates - six girls and seven boys - who were partying.india Updated: Jul 29, 2012 00:49 IST
It was January 2009 once again. About 50 activists of a pro-Hindu organisation barged into a house in Mangalore on Saturday and in the name of moral policing assaulted the inmates - six girls and seven boys - who were partying.
The activists of Hindu Jagran Vedike dragged the girls by their hair, tried to molest them and beat them up. In 2009, Sri Rama Sene activists had attacked girls in a pub in Mangalore, claiming they were violating traditional values.
Police said the students were from prestigious colleges in and around Mangalore.
All 13 of them have been detained by police for questioning.
Local TV channels aired visuals of Saturday's incident that took place at 7.30pm in Padeel, 3 km from Mangalore city.
One of the boys was seen trying to convince the attackers that they were celebrating a birthday and pleading with them to let go of the girls, but in vain.
The house, where it all happened, belongs to a lady who rents it out as a homestay.
Homestay is a form of tourism that allows the visitor to rent a room from a local family to learn the local lifestyle.
Mangalore police commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh and other officials rushed to the spot and took five activists including a BJP corporator Mohan Padeel into custody.
Hindu Jagran Vedike state president Jagadish Karanth told media, "There are some people who are running prostitution rackets in the name of love and tarnishing the culture of our nation. There is an administrative failure in Mangalore and police commissioner did not act upon many complaints regarding such illegal activities," he said.
Even Jagadish Shenava, Mangalore area president of Hindu Jagran Vedike supported the incident.
Both the Congress and the CPM workers are holding protests outside the Mangalore rural police station, demanding stringent action against the Hindu Jagran Vedike activists.