4 more held for Mangalore attack, victims meet top cop
Four more persons were arrested on Monday for attacking boys and girls at a homestay in Mangalore as the BJP government fought opposition fire for its ‘soft attitude’ towards such incidents.india Updated: Jul 30, 2012 23:22 IST
Four more persons were arrested on Monday for attacking boys and girls at a homestay in Mangalore as the BJP government fought opposition fire for its ‘soft attitude’ towards such incidents.
In the assembly, CM Jagdish Shettar termed the incident an “inhuman act”.
“They should be punished. No question of protecting anybody,” he said, adding that the arrested accused — now totaling 12 — have been booked under stringent IPC provisions, including attempt to rape.
On Saturday, a group of 13 students, including five girls, were celebrating a friend’s birthday at the homestay when they were attacked by Hindu Jagaran Vedike activists.
Congress and JD(S) leaders demanded that the government ban organisations such as the Hindu Jagaran Vedike, Bajrang Dal and Sri Rama Sene in Karnataka as they have been attacking women in the name of moral policing.
Congress’s Siddaramaiah also wanted the BJP government to impose the Goonda Act on the accused, which would ensure a one-year jail term for the accused. The five girls who were attacked met the police commissioner and narrated the incident to him. Meanwhile, colleges in Mangalore city remained closed on Monday in response to a bandh call.
First Published: Jul 30, 2012 23:19 IST