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The self-styled moral police brigade
Anti social elements, allegedly belonging to the Sri Ram Sena, entered an eating joint in Mangalore on Saturday and beat up a group of girls and their escorts who had met for lunch. Around 40 people reportedly barged in and manhandled the girls.
THE DISEASE is spreading to the Southern states. Earlier, there used to be similar incidents on Valentine’s Day and those who swear by staunch Hindu beliefs resorted to expressing annoyance at Indian youth imitating western cultures. They (the self-styled moral police) would vandalise shops selling greeting cards and swoop upon unsuspecting youngsters in parks and other public places – they would physically abuse them and there have been occasions when the media has provided live videos of so-called errant ones being made to do sit-ups in full view of the general public as punishment. These had happened in Pune, Lucknow and Varanasi.

It is now the turn of Mangalore down South where anti social elements, allegedly belonging to the Sri Ram Sena, entered an eating joint in Mangalore on Saturday and beat up a group of girls and their escorts who had met for lunch. Around 40 people reportedly barged in and manhandled the girls. At least two of them have been hospitalized and are being treated.

Claiming responsibility for the attack, state deputy convenor of the Sena said that it was a spontaneous reaction against women, who flouted traditional Indian norms of decency. He said these girls were Hindus who dared to get close to Muslim men. This is an outright act of vengeance – the friendship between a Hindu and a Muslim have resulted in any number of marriages in which both the partners are happy and society has accepted these alliances. Hence, the attack on the girls and women in the pub in Mangalore is uncalled for and the logic is shrouded in mystery.

Reports suggest that not only the Sri Ram Sena but the Bajarang Dal have also claimed responsibility for the attack. Probably they want to impress their higher-ups that they have not lost sight of their basic agenda, namely to keep the fires of hatred smoldering – they mean to cleanse society of evil practices and will continue to agitate no matter what others might say.

Much has been written on such shocking incidents – those who sincerely want to do the cleaning up act should begin from the grassroots. They should agitate against the TV reality shows where skimpy dresses have become the norms irrespective of whether the age of the contestant is six or sixty. They should cry for banning beauty pageants where once again it is the daring attitude of the contestants and their willingness to bare all that win the hearts of the public and the judges. They should also ban all movies of heroines who display their physical assets to compensate their poor acting abilities.

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