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Govt report on pub attack trashes NCW findings

Feb 03, 2009 10:09 PM IST India India

Mangalore: Shocking pictures of women being beaten up outside a famous pub in Mangalore by men allegedly owing allegiance to Hindu hardliner group Ram Sene shocked the nation and kicked off a debate on moral policing. Adding fuel to fire were comments by the National Commission for Women who called for the cancellation of the pub’s license. “We visited the pub. There was no security in the pub, no guards and we have recommended the cancellation of pub license,” said NCW's Nirmala Venkatesh. The comments clearly embarrassed the Centre and so it sent an independent team to Mangalore. The findings of the Government team are damning. CNN-IBN has access to those and learns that locals have raised questions about the way NCW conducted the probe. The report also says that a fear-psychosis prevails among youngsters in the city and with Valentine’s Day coming up, the panic is palpable. “The report has to come out and my officers and on the job,” said Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Choudhary who sent the team to Mangalore. Contrary to the statements by the NCW, the Centre's team found that there was adequate security at the pub. Two bouncers were present at the time of incident. The victims claim that two of the attackers carried knives and that some of the recruits of the Ram Sene were drivers and clearners. The only saving grace for the state government was that the police arrived at the venue within10 minutes of the incident. The team also found that club rules were also being applied at the pub of allowing only couple entry in the pub. But Renuka’s comments and her move for a probe have not gone down well with Venkatesh, who is upset with the second enquiry. “Who is she to be satisfied? There cannot be a second enquiry by the Centre,” she said.

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