January 27, 2009

Mangalore Horror - Attack against Women, Freedom and Tolerance

I study in Mangalore . It's a nice laid-back small city most of the time, with a few Hindu-Muslim riots in its history, nothing too sensational. Till two days ago. Then our little oasis proved itself to be full of shit. Let me tell you what happened. All the girls at my college were very excited about this new pub for a long time because it promised a big dance floor and a little class, something most places in Mangalore did not have. Because we were in the middle of exams, we didn't have time to go check the place out, and all of us went back to our homes right after. We had plans to come back as soon as classes started and party it up over there. Now, sitting in my grandma's house, watching the news, I feel helpless rage boiling over. I cannot do much but repeat the story and hope people will feel the same way.

It was any usual Saturday afternoon at the pub. Read, not night time. No dancing. Just lunch. Some Hindu fanatics of the group Ram Sena (nasty shit), about 40 of them, stormed the place and started hitting people. They chanted religious slogans. They rounded up some girls in the middle of the dance floor and did stuff to them. They slapped them. They pushed them to the floor and kicked them. They pulled down their pants. They took one girl's shirt off as they roughed her up. They groped all the girls, and pulled their hair. They laughed aloud in glee while doing it. They called the girls whores and sluts. They beat up the guys trying to defend the girls. These guys were the minority. Most just watched. When it was over (as in, the police arrived after ages), they left, unhindered, joyous and triumphant in their victory.

It got reported on TV . At first, as a small, breaking story and later on, as more and more people came to know and became outraged, it became national headlines. The initial reactions from Ram Sena, the group responsible were things like, "We did it to protect the decency and moral values of Indian women" and "We would have done it to our sisters if they were doing this" and funniest, "Girls and boys from different religions were dancing together".

Are these people fuckin' psycho? Or just plain stupid? How is taking a girl's shirt off, exposing her underwear, and groping her PRESERVING decency? And yeah, try doin' it to your sister, you piece of incestuous low-life shit. And it was lunch, for crying out loud. People don't grind while eating rice.

So now, what is happening? One of the biggest assholes in the whole deal, Prasad Attavara, the Vice President of the Ram Sena was arrested, and he didn't back down. He seemed quite proud of what his group "accomplished". I hope someone spits on his face when he's in custody or at the very least, pulls his pants down and cuts his dick off. Divakar Shetty , the "mastermind" behind the whole attack has gone into hiding. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Come on, you cowardly dick. You had the guts to get your little group to molest helpless women, now show your manliness. Come on. But he's nowhere to be found. The State Chief Minister is saying some bullshit. The only light in the darkness seems to be the National Commission for Women (NCW) which has formed a team to deal with the whole thing. Also, applause to Pavan Shetty, a good person who got beaten up for single-handedly trying to take on the mob. You are a hero, even if you don't get any award.

Hindu fanatics, Muslim fanatics, Christian fanatics. Down with them all. You think violence will get you to heaven? Wait till you die, you'll find out.
Fuck you, Prasad Attavara. Fuck your dirty unshaven face and your intolerant views and clothes. You should learn the alphabet and get a real job.
Fuck you Divakar Shetty. I hope the cave you are hiding in gives you syphilis.
Fuck both your wives for not divorcing you, and being docile, submissive, stupid bitches who put up with your bullshit.
Fuck you, all the men who touched those girls. You're on camera, bitch. And you'll get what's coming.
Fuck you Ram Sena, especially P. Muthalik (the founder), you bring disgrace to Hindus.

Once I get back in Mangalore, I'm going to that pub. And I'm going to toast to the resilience of all Indian women who dare to drink, dance, have fuckin' lunch and live their lives how they want. And I'm never going to be afraid.

Note: This is for real. It's happening in my country, in my city. See all the videos/links in this post. Pray for us, and all these blind, misguided fanatics. "Moral Police", my ass. We don't need that Taliban bullshit, thank you very much.

Update: One day later, Muthalik is in custody, thank God. There are protests going on in Mangalore and elsewhere. What touches my soul and warms my body like wine is that most of the protesters are women in saris, mostly over forty, who have never even had a drop of alchohol, let alone been in a pub! Thank you ladies. You're the only ones guarding the remnants of whatever dignity we have left.

Final Update: You CAN do something. Show your support and join the Consortium of Pubgoing, Loose and Forward Women here and on Facebook. They sent panties from all of us to Muthalik on Valentine's Day. In your face, bitch. Please do check it out and wish all Indian women luck.

16 comments:

Brahmin in Boston said...

Hello Nice to see your comment!!

I am originally from Mangalore too - I am a Shivalli tulu person. I was shocked to learn that places like M'lore can be so intolerant. This is just people following the example set by Raj Thackery (I was brought up in M'bai). The incompetency of one state leads to such incidents in the other states...!

Chriz said...

seriously sad thing...
i try to pull a joke out of possibly any situation...

but these kinda actions just make me feel bad...

color of sunshine said...

I thought my life was bad. You're right! when I read this i just got so angry in my soul. For ages women have been struggling and beat down and made to follow rules made by the other "species" That are bad for our health and mental health. I just get sick and tired of it.

I want to thankyou for not being afraid. Going back to that pub is really something. I hope nothing bad happens.

Hey! Why don't you learn some karate or some kind of art of weaponry?!?! That'd show them!

Crowscious said...

@ Brahmin in Boston, Thackeray is a stupid asshole. I wish someone would just call him on his shit.

@ Chriz: I wish we could just laugh about it. But all those molested girls sure aren't laughin. They all need counselling. I would have gone into depression. I'm sure some of them will too. We need to pray for them.

@Color of sunshine: Thank you, for feeling what I feel. I think i'll learn karate, like u said. :)

Kishore Choudhary said...

nice post

Juhi said...

I can completely empathize with what you are feeling right now - I was angry enough when I read the article in a Mumbai newspaper, but reading about the details you have given is enough to make the blood boil.

The whole problem with this country is that it is full of self-righteous hypocrites who think that anything that they choose to dole out okay....and justify it with religions - morals - culture - anything, anything at all. And no one dares to do anything to them.

Here in Mumbai Bal and his dear nephew Raj get away with everything.

The country is full of these shits.

Indrayani aka, Indi! said...

WTF yeah?
That news made me angry too...
As long as we have religious fanaticism of any kind....no god can help this country..(if there is a god that is..sorry am an atheist..)
Sad..
:(

Kid Dork said...

Jesus, that's horrible.

And I'd second color of sunshine: if you can, learn some basic martial arts, especially in terms of learning to break holds and throws. Remember the one basic rule of martial arts: if a man attacks you, go for the nuts, the bridge of the nose, and/or the eyes. Don't carry a weapon because a) it's illegal and b)it can too often be used against you. Once someone lets you go, then run. Because assholes often travel in packs.

Pink Loves Paris said...

Wow...came across your profile on 20sb..and I had to read what happened. I honestly thought it might be Extremist Muslims.

I'm from Pakistan, and I'm not liking the Taliban (unreasonably strict/sick men who claim to be Muslims) slowly infiltrating into my country and my once peaceful unthreatened city...and bombing or threatening to bomb any decent cafe or pub. I just hope it doesn't turn into another Afghanistan!

Honey Digra said...

I really don't know what to say.. But given a chance, I would just kill each and everybody who is a part of this so called 'Ram Sena'.

Bloody hell man!!...

Pavitra Ramkumar said...

Great post….seriously makes your blood boil…. All I have to say is…

Do you think we will tolerate this, Ram (Ravan) Sena?? All of your pictures were made visible to the world...All of your faces will be remembered... Now let’s see how many of you’ll are safe
Every single Indian would be on the watch for you as soon as you are on the road...
You will be left begging...limbless...blind and deaf....this is your destiny Ram Sena...
In the name of Lord Rama, justice will be served....Just watch out..!!

P.S : I took your suggestion. Here comes Pavitra-ism….Check it out!

Anurag said...

And they call themselves Ram sena .....I mean wtf! ....It's just bad ...Dunno when this kind of hooliganism wd stop once and for all.....

Kishore Choudhary said...

thanks for doing all this, dear friend i love to read u. don bother about my blog its all about my features and few short stories. keep going on u r my favorite blogger!! kishorejakhar@gmail.com

The Clandestine Samurai said...

That's terrible. Just terrible. I shouldn't be saying this, but I do feel this way: I hope they suffer. These are not the kind of actions God wants us to take at all. This is just monstrous and infuriating. It seems that Ram Sena is one of those groups that are still stuck in the Middle Ages, fighting to enforce their way of life on others. I hope all of those women heal, and shame on that pub for not protecting the rights and safety of their customers. I hope a countergroup just as mean as the Ram Sena encounters them.

mania said...

Seriously, this is terrifying. Its heart breaking.But what to say more, there is a lot going on in my country too. Expecially, this talbanization. I hate them and their all bad deeds. Here, they are also raping women and destroying all girl schools in the name of thier so called religion. Definitely its not Islam. Extremists are everywhere. bUT there are few who actually dare to stand against them.

Broken Wings said...

Burn, motherfuckers. Freaking burn.

I think what they need is viagra and some 'sexy time.' They're probably frustrated, poor souls.

I wasn't aware that half evolved, monkey-humans still walked the earth. Cockwanks.

Nice post. Portrayed some charming anger.

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