The statement given by BJP MLA Usha Thakur that people seeking entry in garba pandals must produce photo identity cards has evoked mixed response from Indore residents.
Many agree that religion doesn’t matter when it comes to creating nuisance. A proper security at garba venue can prevent chaos and ruckus.
One of the organisers of Saket Garba, Neeraj Yagnik says that there is no entry for the stags (men coming without partner) at the garba event. "Even visitors are not allowed as stags though he may be of any religion," he told HT. He said asking visitors for an ID proof is a good practice and it should continue.
An IT company director Faisal Qureshi said the statement made by a politician (Usha Thakur) should have been given by religious head. "Islam doesn’t allow worship through dance and there is no reason one should go to such places. But connecting a particular religion with such places is a political matter. If they want ID cards, it’s a good step," he said.
Indore-based entrepreneur Saloni Jain said a person of a particular community can be held responsible for nuisance. "People who come with the intention to eve-teasing cannot be segregated into a community or religion," she remarked. However, she said granting entry on producing ID proof helps to maintain security.
Her friend and MBA student Krati maintained that if men come along with their families, eve teasing incidents will come down.
Rhea Khan, who once participated in the practice session of one of the garba mohatsav, maintains, "The issue is being highlighted for no reason. There are many who visit such events and I don’t find a reason for holding people of particular caste or a religion responsible if anything offensive happens there."