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Lock up your daughters

What’s next? Will you ban girls from school, shopping, leaving the house? Delhiites react with anger as the ‘girls’ pub ban’ controversy rages. HT City finds out more...

india Updated: Jan 30, 2009 19:48 IST
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The molestation of women in a Mangalore pub in the name of ‘preserving our culture’ has hardened the resolve of women in Delhi — we shall go out, and we shall enjoy ourselves. And they have the full support of the hospitality industry.

Even as Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa breathed fire against the ‘pub culture’, his daughter Umadevi said, “It’s for women to decide if they want to visit pubs or any other public place.”

Echoing that, Siddharth Verma, the son of former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma, also believes, “It is the right of women to go to pubs and discos.” DUSU president Nupur Sharma adds, “Every adult has the right to have fun with friends at pubs or discos. It is their personal choice.”

More offers for girls
Clubs and pubs in Delhi and the NCR — most of which have ladies’ nights — are stepping up the offers. At Elevate, Noida, PR manager Tarina Shah says, “We plan to give women much better deals than men. This is in defiance of the Mangalore attack.” This Wednesday, GK nightspot Kuki will turn its ladies’ night into an ‘everything free for girls’ night, says club co-owner Rummy Sharma.

Turquoise Cottage in Vasant Vihar is hosting a special evening today called ‘Girls Have a Right to Party’. Designer Ranna Gill, a participant in this event, says she cannot understand the hardline behaviour in an age when women are leading everywhere.

“Women have the right to go where they want, when they want, and enjoy life just like a man does!” says Rajan Madhu, MD, F Bar & Lounge, which will start a weekly ladies’ luncheon and party. Slamming primitive ideas, Saurabh Khanijo of Kylin, Vasant Vihar, asks, “Will they stop girls from going shopping, too?”

You won’t break us
The girl in the street thinks staying away from pubs will mean kowtowing to people living in the Stone Age. “Why be scared?” asks media student Moonmoon Ghosh. “Some people in this country just have a habit of attacking anyone. It won’t stop me.” DU grad Urvashi Sarkar seconds that: “Being scared is accepting that the attackers were justified.”

Priya Gupta, a writer, feels that the Mangalore assault is all the more reason for girls to go out “to prove that we won’t be deterred”. PR professional Mallika Sinha declares, “If I’m not stopped from working hard, no one has the right to stop me from partying harder!”

First Published: Jan 30, 2009 15:56 IST