Tue, May 23, 2017 | updated 06:38 AM IST

B'luru molestation incident and its after-effects

Updated: Jan 03, 2017 18:29 IST      
B'luru molestation incident and its after-effects

New Delhi [India], Jan. 3 (ANI): As the nation expresses outrage over the mass molestation incident that took place in India's IT capital Bengaluru on New Year's eve, some of our representatives triggered controversy with their comments.

Bengaluru was shamed when hooligans virtually took over the most prominent streets in the city where restaurants and hotels had stayed open till past midnight on December 31 and started molesting and groping women.

The distraught women were virtually held captive as the mobs went berserk. It was reported that no one came to their rescue despite the fact that the state government had deployed almost 1,500 policemen in the area apprehending incidents of violence.

However, with cops standing as mute spectators to the sexual abuse, the crowd behaved in an even more boorish manner. Even as women rushed towards cops and tried to seek safety, the hooligans still chased them down and tried to drag them away.

Let us look at some of the comments made about the heinous incident.

"Such incidents do happen on New Year day and on Christmas. We take a lot of precautions," said Karnataka's Home Minister G. Parameshwara.

"It's unfortunate, things like this has happened earlier also. We had installed more than 25 CCTVs, will examine. Bengaluru is safe, just an incident like this does not mean it is not safe. All our officers are working to nab the culprit. Efforts are on to see that such incidents are not repeated again. Such incidents do happen on New Year day and on Christmas. We take a lot of precautions," he added.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi went one step further and said, "In this modern era, more a girl exposes the more she will be called fashionable. I believe if my daughter or sister is celebrating 31st night after sunset and she doesn't have her father or husband with her and is with other men, then she can't be treated with respect."

Azmi further said that the women need to be cautious and should take care of their own security.

"The women from rich family also used to cover themselves before appearing before men, that is our nation's culture. In western culture, the parents don't care about their girl but we do care. We should take precaution about our girls' security so that she doesn't get involved in some wrongdoings. We shouldn't give chance to anyone," Azmi added.

However, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued summons to both Parameshwara and Azmi for their 'disgusting' assertions.

NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said, "Politicising any issue leads to issue being covered up and politics becomes more important. It does not matter whether Abu Azmi belongs to one particular party or other party. To be brutally frank, there are men across all parties who make such disgusting statements and they are all to be condemned equally. In this case, it is Abu Azmi and Karnataka Home Minister."

"When you have a Home Minister, who makes such irresponsible statements and doesn't want to take any sort of responsibility for it and doesn't even seem to care and is offending millions of women across the country then what do you expect the police to do. They are going to take cover behind the Home Minister and say even the Home Minister has said that nothing is going to happen," she said.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh voiced his support for the cause and asked the Karnataka Government to take this matter seriously.

"Protecting the modesty of women is duty of state government and any state government must take it seriously," he said. (ANI)

Bengaluru/Mumbai (Karnataka/Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): Reacting to Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal's furore tweet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shaina NC on Tuesday said to drag any woman into this controversy irrespective of her ideology needs to be think over again.

Full Story >>

AIMPLB's u-turn on Triple Talaq victory for Muslim women: BJP

Updated: May 23, 2017 06:04 IST     

New Delhi/Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): Expressing contentment over the affidavit submitted by the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in the Supreme Court, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the board has realised its mistake and has thus taken a u-turn.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): While hoping for a positive change following an affidavit submitted by the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) stating to advise brides and grooms not to resort to triple talaq in one sitting, the Congress Party on Tuesday said it signifies the board's realisation to take some action in regard to the issue.

Full Story >>

Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): Defence experts on Tuesday applauded the move of the Indian Army to award Major Gogoi, adding that no security personnel would have adopted such non-violent measure in order to save so many lives.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday begin hearing in the fresh defamation case filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after the latter's counsel Ram Jethmalani confirmed that Jaitley was called a 'crook' after being instructed by his client to do so.

Full Story >>

Telangana Govt. to clear PRC dues

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 23 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has decided to pay Pay Revision Commission (PRC) dues to the government employees.

Full Story >>

TRS parliamentary party meet to be held on May 27

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 23 (ANI): The Telangana Rashtra Samithi parliamentary party and legislature party meeting, under the Chairmanship of party president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao will be held on Saturday.

Full Story >>

India-Africa together can shape the future of world: Jaitley

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Terming the African Development Bank's (AfDB) annual meeting organized in India this year as a new chapter in India-Africa relationship, Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtey said both the countries together shape the future of the world.

Full Story >>

Leave travel concession case: Hearing to continue today

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Patiala House Court will on Tuesday continue hearing in the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) case against Rajya Sabha member Anil Kumar Sahani.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): After an Indian national was arrested from the F-8 area of Islamabad on Sunday over allegedly possessing inadequate travel documents, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) got in touch with the Centre to probe if the 'Nabi', who figured in the interrogation, is the same 'Nabi', who had connections with the (SIMI) in 2005-06.

Full Story >>

Ashoke Pandit supports Paresh Rawal with 'heart and soul'

Updated: May 22, 2017 23:11 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 22 (ANI): Hours after Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal raked up a Twitter storm after he took a jibe at noted writer Arundhati Roy, filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit came in support of the saffron party leader asserting that Roy has always been an 'anti-national' person.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 22 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh's Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri on Monday denounced media reports that the Yogi Adityanath-led government was planning to scrap 20 percent quota for minorities in welfare schemes.

Full Story >>

Biopic makers have been unjust to us: Neerja Bhanot's brother

Updated: May 22, 2017 23:02 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 22 (ANI): Producers of the movie 'Neerja' Atul Kasbekar, along with the owners of Bling Entertainment are reportedly embroiled in a legal battle against the Bhanot family as they have received a notice of arbitration from Neerja Bhanot's brothers, Akhil and Aneesh, for a breach of contract.

Full Story >>

Swamy defends Paresh Rawal's tweet on Arundhati Roy

Updated: May 22, 2017 22:44 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Supporting Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal's controversial tweet where the latter took a jibe at noted writer Arundhati Roy, party leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that the stone pelters would love to hit a woman who "is not loyal to her own country."

Full Story >>

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 22 (ANI): Major Leetul Gogoi, the Army officer who tied a man to the bonnet of a jeep as a 'human shield' against a stone-pelting mob in Jammu and Kashmir, has been awarded by Chief of Army Staff's (COAS) Commendation Card for his sustained distinguished service till now in counter-insurgency operations in the state.

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], May 22 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Guwahati on Monday convicted 15 people, including former militants, elected representatives and government officials in two cases in connection with terror-funding in Assam.

Full Story >>

Radha Mohan Singh assigned additional charge of Food Ministry

Updated: May 22, 2017 21:23 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 22 (ANI): Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh on Monday was given the additional charge of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Full Story >>

AIMPLB endorses its affidavit on triple talaq filed in SC

Updated: May 22, 2017 21:11 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 22 (ANI): Hours after the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that it would advise the Qazis to tell the brides and grooms to not resort to triple talaq in one sitting, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani on Monday asserted that anyone who attempts it should be boycotted from the community.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] May 22 (ANI): The Centre on Monday requisitioned 15 more teams of the Army for currency verification and processing system machines.

Full Story >>

CBI registers case against Chotta Rajan's aide

Updated: May 22, 2017 20:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday registered a case against Chotta Rajan's aide Mukund Kanhailal Patel after he confessed to have worked for the gangster.

Full Story >>