Moral policing: Mob attacks 'rave party' in Mangalore, many girls among injured
Jaideep Shenoy, TNNJul 28, 2012, 11.08PM IST
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MANGALORE: In an incident reminiscent of attack by Sri Rama Sene activists on revelers at a pub in the city on January 24, 2009, around 50 activists of Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV) took it on themselves to lay down the law to a group of revelers at Morning Mist Resort at Padil on the city outskirts here on Saturday. Police had to resort to mild cane charge to disperse locals who gathered at the spot condemning alleged inaction of the authorities in containing such incidents in the city.
HJV activists who got wind of the party at the resort barged in and starting physically jostling the revelers which included around four women and as many men. A girl who tried to escape from the clutches of HJV activists was brought back to the resort and thrashed. As news of the incident spread, locals including corporator Mohan Padil came to the area and sought action against those involved in partying there. Police later forcibly evicted Mohan from the area.
While the revelers at the resort pleaded with the HJV activists that they were there for a birthday party, the activists in no mood to listen to their protestations slapped one of them, who was seen without a shirt and his pants on. The activists also slapped women revelers and jostled them. Some of the attackers made forcible attempts to remove the hands from faces of women and show it to the visual media. The women revelers later huddled themselves in the room.
Jagadish Shenava, local VHP leader said the incident reflected failure of district administration and Mangalore City Police in cracking down on such activities at private resorts, which he said bordered on indecency. "We have repeatedly informed the authorities concerned about such incidents," he said adding no action was taken. Incidentally, DC NS Channappa Gowda told STOI that he had not received any complaints from any quarters about the incident.
While the identity of the revelers was not immediately known, police whisked them away to an undisclosed location to avoid further attacks on them. DC said that police had arrested some people in connection with this incident and he was not sure of the numbers or whether they were among the HJV activists or from among the revelers. City Police Chief Seemant Kumar Singh who was on the spot was not available for comments as he was busy handling the incident.
Jagadish Karanth, state president of HJV squarely blamed the city police chief Seemant Kumar Singh for allowing such incidents to go on unchecked in his backyard. KL Ashok, state president of Karnataka Komu Souhardha Vedike described the incident as yet another blatant attack on human rights in the name of culture. Mahendra Kumar, former Bajrang Dal leader questioned the silence of the saffron brigade in questioning the state sponsored rave party at Malpe.