The Mangalore district administration has announced a one-year ban on the entry of Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik for his statements supporting the attack on women at a pub in the coastal city and against Valentine's Day celebrations.
The ban on Monday came 51 days after a group of activists of the Sri Rama Sene assaulted women at Amnesia pub in Mangalore on January 24 in an act of moral policing.
Announcing the ban, deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, V. Ponnaraju said, “He is not a resident (of the region) but will be restricted from entering the district for one year. If we find him here, he will be sent out and a case will be registered against him.”
Soon after the pub attack, Muthalik spoke in support of the attackers, saying it was in the interest of society and to prevent women from digressing from Hindu culture.
The district administration served the notice of externment on Muthalik during the first week of March and heard his reply on March 12. The order was read out on Monday.
Muthalik, however, told HT that he would challenge the order, besides launching a campaign against the ruling BJP government in Karnataka for “stifling” Hindu sentiments. “We will speak up against Home Minister Dr V.S. Acharya and state unit chief D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who are responsible for using Hindutva for politics. We will campaign against the BJP government during next month's elections,” he said.