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Eight arrested for attack on partygoers in India

Indian policemen. — Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: Indian police Sunday arrested eight people for an assault on young women and men allegedly by members of a radical Hindu outfit objecting to their “immoral” behaviour, local media and officials said.

As many as 50 men claiming to belong to the right-wing Hindu Jagaran Vedike group raided a private resort in southern Karnataka state and assaulted about a dozen partygoers, Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said.

“Already eight people who were involved in this incident have been arrested and criminal cases have been booked against them,” Karnataka chief minister Jagdish Shettar told reporters in Bangalore.

Video footage aired on local TV Saturday showed the attackers slapping and hurling abuses at the women and forcing them to show their faces to the camera.

A young woman trying to escape was dragged back and assaulted by activists, who said they were acting to prevent “immoral activities”.

The incident recalled a similar attack in Mangalore in 2009 when activists of a right-wing Hindu group, outraged by what they viewed as “obscene”behaviour, stormed a bar and assaulted female patrons.

“Who gave these people authority to attack a private property and assault people?” R. Ashoka deputy chief minister of Karnataka state asked in state capital Bangalore on Sunday.

The attack reignited debate over what constitutes culturally acceptable behaviour in modern India, a traditionally conservative society where women face pressure to remain modest at all times.

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Comments (8) Closed

Abdullah Hussain
Jul 29, 2012 04:24pm
I think to stop immorality is moral. Why should someone criticize such action to stop immorality? It is the duty of the law enforcing agencies to keep watch on such bad & disgusting activities in our society, however if the concerned authorities are not fulfilling their obligations the public will come out to keep their surrounding clean
Cyrus Howell
Jul 29, 2012 04:14pm
"Immoral Behavior" Means - someone having more fun than you are having.
Jul 30, 2012 10:12am
Its not up to some local goons to decide what is moral and what is immoral.No civilized society can tolerate vigilantist doing moral policing.Its against the law.And it must be stopped.
Jul 29, 2012 08:01pm
Boss, we are saving Indian culture where women are given respect when properly covered - I dont think there is nothing wrong in it, If anybody is taking advantage of freedom, then these things must be tackled by above way we are saving our culture - you are requested to save your culture.
Jul 29, 2012 12:36pm
Oh my God. I thought Pakistan is the only country to have these kinds of Guardians.
John Miller
Jul 29, 2012 03:49pm
They have moral police in India too. But, the state is powerful and they take vigilantism seriously as a challenge to their authority. A similar incident happened in Bangalore, the silicon capital of India where a lot of foreign companies set up shop. Any kind of disturbance like this would make them pull out their personnel and investment.
Jul 29, 2012 03:31pm
what ever these radical groups did was not wrong , but not right also . They could have informed police for this rave party . No one allowed to act on behalf of police . But We are against these culture .I support this action , but not the way.
Jul 30, 2012 12:25pm
I agree!