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Mangalore pub attack: Ram Sena leader arrested
Under mounting pressure, the Karnataka police on Tuesday detained one of the top leaders of the Sri Ram Sena in connection with the attack on women in a Mangalore pub. However, despite the nationwide outrage, there is still no ban on this group
AMID GROWING pressure, the B S Yeddyurappa government on Tuesday (January 27), detained one of the top leaders of the Sri Ram Sena group for the concentrated attack on women in a Mangalore pub.

The Karnataka police have arrested Prasad Attavar, one of the renowned leaders of the Sri Ram Sena for attack on women in a Mangalore pub. Attavar, who is unrepentant, told reporters there is no need to raise a hue and cry about the pub attack.

Denying the attack on girls, Attavar claimed that the Ram Sena supporters attacked the boys who brought the girls to the pub. Though there is a nationwide protest against the Ram Sena group, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not yet implemented any ban on this right wing group.

Apart from Attavar, 10 other activists of the Sri Ram Sena group have also been detained for questioning thus, taking the total number of arrested to 27.

Eye witnesses reported that some 40 Ram Sena activists barged into a pub and physically abused women, dragging them by their hair and beating those who tried to resist them.

While speaking to the media, BJP president Rajnath Singh said, “The BJP condemns the pub attack in totality.” Singh also praised the sate government for its steady intervention in this case. The BJP also claimed that the Sri Ram Sena is an autonomous group and has no relation with the Sangh parivar.

Pramod Mutthalik, the Sri Ram Sena supremo, was arrested later today. According to Mutthalik, Sri Ram Sena does not approve of girls going to pubs. He even praised his men for the attack and instead accused the news channels for highlighting such a ’trivial’ thing to malign the ruling BJP government in the state.

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Ramesh Manghirmalani
Pramod Mutthalik, is gay, is he really ,married to a man. According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France. While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial — which probably occurred around 270 A.D — others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
ROHAN
There is a reason why families (however progressive and modern they may be) try to tell their girls to moderate their movements and remain safe. They cannot regulate how the society functions and so they ask their girls to not get out at certain times or go to certain places. In fact, sensible parents tell their daughters AND sons the same. If anything, their special concern for daughters makes them pay more attention to where their girls are and what they are up to. They don't want their daughters to go to pubs and bars and be mistaken for whores and be treated in undesirable ways because it will hurt their daughters. Most parents may not be as eloquent about it, but the sentiment is the same. What do feminists think about such attitude of kind concern towards daughters? They think women's freedoms are being restricted and that women are being treated as property. They say that women should have the right to go out anytime, anywhere and get as dirty and nasty as the worst man can be in order to be equal to men. They want law enforcement personnel to waste their valuable time to provide protection to them as they indulge in wasteful, luxurious behavior such as drinking and dancing in pubs. Does the state have enough resources (time, money and man-power) to accord police protection to all women (and men) who want to indulge in such luxuries? Don't we have more important needs and better situations for employment of our police forces...like tackling terrorism for example? Women certainly have the RIGHT to go to pubs and drink and dance around semi-naked. But it is only appropriate that, for reasons of gender equality, they not ask for govt funded special protection forces guarding them because nobody is providing special protection to men who go out and get drunk and dance around semi-naked. Any untoward incident in such cases should only be treated as an UNTOWARD incident (just as it would be in the case of a man) and let the law take its course rather than blow it out of proportion to create paranoia about how bad the situation of security is specifically for women in India.
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