Thursday, January 29, 2009

We will not give up, say Citys pub-goers

We will not give up, say Citys pub-goers
By Nandini Chandrashekhar,DH News Service,Bangalore:
The city is not new to invasion of pubs by self-proclaimed protectors of Indian culture, the most recent being KRV acitivists going on rampage at Fuga, last December.

The attack on women at a Mangalore pub has unsettled many regular pub goers, but is hardly likely to discourage them. Deccan Herald spoke to women, who though horrified by the incident, refused to stay cowed by it.
Arpitha, a new age media professional fumes that it was totally uncalled for. “I am very, very angry. What they have done is not something new. It is the same old politicisation of issues and in the name of religion. I hope the police take stringent action against these people.”
Pavithra, who hangs out at Hard Rock Cafe says, “This form of moral policing is totally uncalled for, by religious body or otherwise. It is a mere publicity stunt. They have now succeeded in making sure that such an organisation exists and gives them a degree of credibility, which is unfortunate. All these incidents also portray us in bad light.”
The visuals of the attack has horrified many people and Vincy, an undergraduate student, says that it is a huge embarrassment for the girls’ family and it terrified her.
But then, she poses a question asking, “The law allows a person to drink after they are 21 years of age. Who are these persons to stop us?”
Not discouraged
All of them stated that they were not in the least bit discouraged from visiting pubs due to the incident. An opinion, pub owners will be heartened about.
Elango, owner of Pecos and Mojos says that no amount of security can stop a mob. “I can put two additional men if I want to increase security, but how can they stop a group of 50 men, if it intends to cause trouble?” he asks. He strictly believes that only the Government can put a stop to such destructive activity.
Fuga’s management, however, believes that there is no likelihood of another skirmish in their pub. None of the pub owners have approached the City police for any assurance or additional protection.


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