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Twist in the tale: NCW blames pub for attack

Jan 30, 2009 08:57 PM IST India India

New Delhi: In a new twist in the Mangalore pub attack incident, after some accused the victims and others accused the attackers, the blame is now being put on the pub-owner instead of instead of Sri Ram Sene (SRS) chief Pramod Muthalik. The National Commision for Women (NCW) is blaming the pub-owner for not providing proper security to the women.

The head of the National Commission for Women's fact finding commission, Nirmala Venkatesh has blamed the pub-owner and holds them responsible for the attack on girls in the Mangalore pub.

Nirmala said the incident happened because of lack of security at the Mangalore pub and she's pushing for the license of the pub-owner to be cancelled.

"We have visited the pub and there was no security. They haven't taken any security measures and there wasn't even a security guard there. The National Women Commission is going to recommend that the pub's license be cancelled," she said.

Nirmala also said she met with the culprits - who are now repenting their actions - in jail and heard their side of the story.

"I went to even meet the culprits in jail, I was with them for more than an hour. I even counseled them. I just wanted to know what is in their mind. I have even warned them that they are no body to take the law in their hands and beat up women," she said.

"The culprits said they did not go with then intention of beating the women. They said they wanted to stop the live band and other activities that were spoiling the girls. They said the women were wearing skimpy clothes and dancing and that is the reason the incident took place. They are now repenting their actions," she added.

Nirmala further suggested women should protect themselves from these kind of situations. "The lesson to be learnt for women out of this incident is that we should try and safeguard ourselves," she concluded.

Muthalik's Malegaon blast link

Muthalik denied any links with the Malegaon blasts. The Maharashtra Anti Terror Squad (ATS) team is in Mangalore to question him in the case. He has been remanded to police custody for a day and the ATS team can question him.

Muthalik was arrested for last Sunday's pub attacks; the Maharashtra ATS wants to probe his links with Col Prasad Purohit, who is the main accused in the Malegaon blasts case.

While the ATS has said that there is no direct link between the blasts and Muthalik, he was named in a conversation among the blast accused Muthalik himself has made statements sympathising with Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, another accused in the blasts.

However, Muthalik denied having any links with the Malegaon blasts, he said he had nothing to do with the blasts.

"Malegaon blast case mein mera koi haath nahi hai (I have nothing to do with the Malegaon blast)," he said.

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