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    Editor’s Note: Please leave your name and location / affiliation in the comment space if you want to be added to the signatories and we will collect them and send them to Sumi Krishna, the coordinator.

    JOINT STATEMENT ON THE BARBARIC ASSAULT IN MANGALORE

    Bangalore: 9 p.m., 29 January 2009

    We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the horrific and unprovoked assault by a group of 40 hooligans, reportedly members of the Sri Rama Sene, on young women in a pub in the coastal city of Mangalore, Karnataka, during the afternoon of Saturday, 24 January 2009. We are saddened by the inaction of the public who looked on as the brutal attack unfolded.  But we appreciate the attitude and actions of the staff of the pub, who tried to intervene, and the young man who stood up to the attackers.

    We are shocked by the tardy action of the State administration, police, and political leadership, some of whom have dismissed this is as a “minor incident”. We believe that violent threats to the democratic freedoms and human rights of citizens, whether women or religious minorities, cannot be trivialised as “unfortunate”.

    We are deeply disturbed by the sharply escalating trend of political and social violence against women in public and private spaces as a means to enforce a particularly regressive interpretation of culture in the name of “religion and country” that has been seen in several parts of India. We condemn all such forms of gender-based violence against women and children and the attitudes that make such violence acceptable, whether in the family or in the social and public spheres.

    We believe that the Mangalore assault was not an isolated episode by self-appointed “moral police” and their sympathisers who criminally took the law into their own hands, but that it is part of a pattern in the profoundly contested political struggle over what constitutes Indian traditions, religions and cultures.  It is evident that in this instance the attackers were emboldened to carry out the unprovoked assault in a political environment that supports a particularly narrow and fanatical view of Indian culture as also a repressive attitude towards women.

    We recognise the role of the media in bringing the assault to public notice and their unrelenting efforts to get the State to act against those immediately responsible for it. However, we are gravely concerned that those members of the media who had prior notice of the planned assault did not deem it their responsibility as citizens to inform the police.

    We strongly believe that the State and democratically minded citizens must stand up to the violent targeting of women and re-affirm our commitment to the human rights and civil liberties of all people. There can and should be dialogues on what constitutes “Indian-ness”, but regardless of the interpretations of Indian culture and traditions, beating and molesting women cannot be condoned.

    All Signatories — updated on 9 Feb 2009.

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    323 Responses

    1. Prashant Issac, Bangalore

    2. Aparna V Singh, Bangalore

    3. Surbhi Sukhija, Noida

    4. Anuradha Pujar, New York

    5. Smriti Lamech, New Delhi

    6. Padmini Ray Murray, Edinburgh

    7. Please add my name as well

    8. Eh? Tina Ray Chaudhary? You read this blog?! Nice to see you here!

      Anindita – “However, we are gravely concerned that those members of the media who had prior notice of the planned assault did not deem it their responsibility as citizens to inform the police.”

      Isnt that the eternal debate? About media staying out of it and merely chronicling instead of interfering? Rather torn on this issue.

    9. Poorva C, Chennai

    10. Monika Manchanda, Bangalore

      PS: if u need any other help do let me know

    11. Chandni Malik, Delhi

      Please tell me what more I can do! I would love to be involved.

    12. I sign this Joint statement.
      rgds,
      Rajesh, Stockholm, Sweden

    13. I go to pubs. I wear short skirts. I am also Indian and I’m bloody well proud of it. Those religious fanatics will just HAVE to deal with that.

    14. Isha Manchanda, Delhi

    15. Rahul Kumar, New York

    16. Please include my name and let me know i can do.

    17. Aditya Sengupta, Bangalore

    18. Grishma Udani, Mumbai

    19. Varna, Chennai

    20. I sign this joint statement and condemn mindless extremism of any sort.

      Prmod Bafna, Bangalore.

    21. I’m flabbergasted at what happened, i don believe in joining “groups” on various social sites to show my support, but if it comes to a statement like this which i feel may help.. i’m in =) what happened shouldn’t have and i if i could? i’d love to humiliate everyone in support of this terrible incident.. severely, only so they could feel a fraction of what the girls felt when everything went down.

    22. Brinda Bose, New Delhi

    23. Ankita Sharma, Pune

    24. Aarti Aniruddh Sankaran

      Chennai

    25. Shraddha Chigateri and Swati Nair, I need your location if you’re signing this. Thanks!

    26. Pratheesh Prakash, Chennai.

    27. Please add my name:
      Pamposh Dhar, Manila, Philippines.
      Tks.

    28. Feel free to please add my name as well to this joint statement:

      Angelo Embuldeniya, Bahrain

    29. Please add:

      Prathama Banerjee, New Delhi

    30. I, strongly endorse and share the Joint Statement on the Barbaric Assault in Mangalore.

    31. please add my name and do let me knw if u need any help m just sick of these people trying to control our lives .

      Hasan Bangalore

    32. I strongly endorse this statement.

      Nilanjana Biswas, Bangalore

    33. Swati Nair, Chennai.

    34. Pooja Pillai, Mumbai

      About time somebody did something about moral policing. This statement is a start.

    35. Tharunya Balan, Bangalore

    36. If we let go….incidents like these will keep happening.Its about time they know!!

      Pl add my name to the list.

      Sukanya C
      Kolkata

    37. I endore the statement. Please add my name

      Harsh Kapoor, Montpellier, France

    38. I endorse this statement.

    39. I endorse the statement fully and desire my name to be added in the list.

      Yours
      Waliullah Ahmed Laskar,
      Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC)
      Silchar, Assam, India

    40. I endorse this statement despite not being from India.We are all connected in one way or the other.
      Women, Let’s stand strong together and put a halt to it!

    41. I support and endorse this statement but I also believe that we should ensure that people like these never come into power.

      Kriti, Bangalore

    42. Esther Trojan, Mumbai

    43. […] Bangalore: 9 p.m., 29 January 2009. (To add your name, please visit: Ultra Violet): We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the horrific and unprovoked assault by a group of 40 […]

    44. Mayoora, Chicago.

    45. Vasundhara Kandachar
      West Lafayette, USA

    46. Natasha Badhwar, New Delhi

    47. Aastha Mehta, Washington, DC

    48. Shivani Rege
      India

    49. Subash Kalbarga, Atlanta, GA

    50. Dilnavaz Bamboat, Mumbai

    51. I strongly condemn the coward act of violence against the women in Mangalore…..

    52. Amrutha Upendran, Chennai

    53. Chandni Parekh, Bombay

    54. Babychen Mathew
      New delhi

    55. Amrita Rajan

    56. Vishal Mungi, Mumbai

    57. Anuradha Srinivasan

    58. Sreekanth Reddy
      Hyderabad

    59. Christina Daniels, Bangalore

    60. Shail Mohan, Trivandrum.

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    62. Swati Gupta,Kolkata

    63. 40 or more , should not be in jail or lock up ! They can make ordinary criminals more dangarous. They should be kept outside with an identity card describing
      ” Mangalore act” and to be engage in community service at least for 365 days!

    64. You could put this up on http://www.ipetitions.com or http://www.petitiononline.com….easier for people to navigate and forward to each other; plus you don’t have to keep editing your blog post to add each name/signature.

    65. Ramya Kancharla, Bangalore

    66. Niti Saxena, Lucknow

    67. Annie Zaidi, Mumbai.
      Add me to the list please

    68. Sravanthi K, EFLU, Hyderabad

    69. Ajoy Thachil
      London

    70. If you want a substantial and serious response, use everything: use petition online, use this website, use facebook, use orkut, every bloody thing. Saturate the net with it. Push it confidently, aggressively and quickly. Public memory is short, and they know it. People are angry and they are angry now. They may not be next week. The faster you respond, the more responses you’ll get. And you would miss a genuine opportunity if you didn’t use facebook: remember the I bet I can find 100,0000 people who don’t like Silvio Berlusconi campaign.

      N.M
      London

    71. Sign me up!

      Madhur Mirji, India

    72. Sheetal Oommen, Romania

    73. Vidya Jayaraman, Delaware

    74. The devil uses people to accomplish his purpose and
      always it is to hurt and destroy. The soul never dies,
      do those attackers want to spend eternity with him?

    75. Ajit Pillai
      London

    76. Cannot condone such behaviour under any circumstances.

    77. Megha Krishnan, Michigan

    78. Buffalo, NY, USA.

    79. London, United Kingdom

    80. R. Sanjay, Bangalore

    81. Faredoon Irani, Mumbai.

    82. Revathi, Chennai

    83. samhita, guwahati, assam

    84. I will also like to mention other incidents which we people rarely mention on our blogs, we forget in our country honor killings still happen. People are killed because someone else thought that they lost honor because of the person……..

      I would blogsphere to create and cover incidents like those mentioned also………….

    85. I think they are sick in the head to do what they did and all of it in the name of our culture, I am sure they have no clue about what our Indian culture is all about.

    86. A reminder — please leave your Name AND Location if you want to endorse this statement. This is required by the organisers. Thanks.

    87. Please add my name.

    88. Pradeep Varma D. Galway(Ireland)/Visakhapatnam(A.P.)

    89. Yashas Chandra, New delhi

    90. ABHILASHA SINGH ,NEW DELHI

    91. Vidya Sampath
      Bangalore, India, via, New York City, USA

    92. Bhagirathy S
      Indore , Madhyapradesh

    93. I condemn the assault and share our common concern.
      Subrata Bagchi,Kolkata

    94. Endorse the statement whole heartedly. Would also like to sign in for the collectives that I am active in:

      Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai
      Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action, Mumbai

      Chayanika, Mumbai

    95. Vikram Sharma, New Delhi

    96. This is really horrible. We live in a democracy. It is for a person to decide what kind of lifestyle he or she wants to follow. Why should someone else try to impose their ideas on others. Also violence to impose their ideas on others is deplorable and a threat to our democracy itself. I thoroughly condemn the attacks on women in Mangalore

    97. Lauren, California

    98. Prasanth Kalathil, Bangalore

    99. Preet Rustagi, New Delhi

    100. I not only condemn the attack but demand very severe action against the perpetrators of this violent attack against women

    101. Sowmya Rajendran, Chennai

    102. Neel Chaudhuri, Delhi

    103. Name: See comment
      Location: Immaterial

    104. T.A. Abinandanan, Bangalore

    105. Kriti Arora, Delhi

    106. Nitoo Das, Delhi

    107. This is insane. What makes them think that they have the right to dictate/police how other citizens live their life is beyond me.

    108. M P Gururajan, New Delhi

    109. Please add my name to the signature list

    110. What happened in Mangalore is symptomatic. One of the deeper reason is insecurity faced by men watching women stepping out of traditional roles and questioning norms set by patriarchy.

    111. Suhas Paranjape
      Thane, India

    112. Anuj Gupta, Delhi

    113. add my name to the signature list

    114. Sunil D’Monte, Bangalore.

    115. Aneesha Gulati, Bangalore

    116. Apurva Mathad, Bangalore

    117. i would like to condemn what happened at mangalore. i would also like to condemn the the utterances of several political leaders who tried to justify the attacks on women in the name of pub culture.

    118. Please add my name.

      Neera Singh

    119. Theresa Varghese, Bangalore

    120. Please add me to the list of signatories.

    121. Violence against women is just plain wrong. What part of that don’t they understand?

      Sangeetha Madhavan, Singapore

    122. Lavanya Kolluri, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

    123. Please add my name and that of my wife:
      1. Som Nath Dhar, Manila, Philippines
      2. Indira Dhar, Manila, Philippines

    124. I dont find my name in the list. I had sent in my name earlier. I am from bangalore, a theologian, a woman pastor and an activist, teaching in a theological college in Bangalore (UTC). I hope our collective effort / voice is heard and the issue is addressed

      Evangeline

    125. […] at coining new words). Every blogger puts out nearly identical posts condemning the attack, and hundreds of commenting voyeurs gather to watch and sign the resulting […]

    126. I feel sad at the state of our country right now.

    127. North Carolina, USA

    128. Maya Menon

      Oregon, USA

    129. Balaji Shenoy, Mangalore

    130. Gorvika Rao, New Delhi

    131. Niklas Åkerlund, Sweden 🙂

    132. Katherine Ohara, US

    133. These men have forgotten they were born from a women’s womb the care she has taken to make them strong. They are absolute Hooligans they should be given the harshest of punishments. They should not be left in the open they should be caged.
      My sincere sympathies to the ladies and the only man who stood by them….

    134. Please add my name to the list of signatories to the statment in protest of Mangalore incidents.

      Radha S. Hegde, NYU (USA)

    135. Raju Gopalakrishnan, Manila

    136. Sudha R, Singapore

    137. Kannan Kartha, Hyderabad

    138. This will happen again, and again unless women and other minorities are protected by special laws. Unless they get more political power, representation in the parliament and panchayats… unless govt and civil society thinks of ways to increase their visibility in public space … press for laws that give security and priority to women in the community: women are still unsafe on buses, streets, markets, offices, and indeed inside homes. They don’t feel protected by law. Unless men and women stop expecting women to run home early to prepare meals, wash clothes, clean the house etc. Unless it is explained that it is wrong to form personal notions of culture: more so in times of information boom. Culture stagnates, stinks and suffocates, if it is not inclusive. If it doesn’t evolve with the times. And if it is not allowed to grow in a democratic environment: Culture of protest, culture of free thought. And if someone explains that culture shouldn’t be linked with either purity or corruption, Hindu or Muslim, young or old, man or woman. But it includes all. Particularly in a diverse, pluralistic country like India. Unless we make it our patriotic duty to see that those who take law in their own hands, and disrespect democratic institutions of India are punished, things will continue to go on like this, and may even get worse.

    139. It is completely unacceptable. It not just culture. It is beyond that.
      It is their perception that it is their birthright to raise their hands on a woman.
      Let us fight-individually, jointly and in everywya possible.
      Pennsylvania, USA

    140. It is the idea of women exercising their agency that is so frightening to the right-winger of all hues. And this is part of the same logic that seeks to ‘cleanse” society of all “others” (Muslims, Christians, Women, Sexual Minorities, Dalits, Migrants, among others) We therefore have to resist this as part of a larger strategy

    141. I support -Ujwala Pennsylvania USA

    142. narender bedide, hyderabad.

    143. […] These religious overtones have taken our focus away from foremost victims- Women. If you haven’t already then please sign this petition. […]

    144. Sapna Thottathil

    145. […] February 2009 by supersaps I found this to be a very persuasive statement, given the recent attack on women in a pub in […]

    146. There must be a sustained and strong pushback from all liberal elements of Indian society and diaspora beyond the initial outrage to counter the reactionary and despicable ideas represented by these attacks.

      Krishna Ravichandar
      Kansas, USA

    147. Aishwarya Subramanian, New Delhi

    148. Srijanee D’Mello, Sharjah

    149. Srila Roy, Kolkata/UK

    150. Please add me…..It is disturbing and serious….

    151. Tejsweeta Singh, Bangalore

    152. Please add my name.

    153. Niveditha Menon, Bangalore

    154. Meera Pillai, Bangalore

    155. Crimes on women is increasing leaps and bounds whether it is at home, office place, street, pub and where not. It is due to the inaction of every part of society.
      Now it is time not only condemmning such incident but to take action through movement.

      Jaya Sil
      Professor
      Department of Computer Science and Technology
      Bengal Engineering and Science Universty, Shibpur
      Howrah
      West Bengal
      India

    156. Please add my name to the signatories. Thanks.

    157. A.S.Girithar,Chennai

    158. It was so brutal..

    159. Aparna Polavarapu, Boston, MA, USA

    160. would like to join signatories

    161. hi,

      Modern women are being looked down , beaten, warned by self styled – jeans/knicker clad – culture police who themselves seem to have lost their culture . Though the constitution we have given ourselves enshrines – SECULARISM and DEMOCRACY in its preamble

      http://seculardemocracy.blogspot.com/2009/01/secular-democratic-india.html

      Ram Sene/ BSY shame shame puppy shame.

      -s

    162. Aboli Salvi, Pune, India.

    163. I,hearby,join in too.

    164. Shalabh Bangalore

    165. Seema Gaurav, Florida

    166. Anoop H A, Hyderabad

    167. Garima Gupta, Bangalore, India.
      I hereby sign the statement. I firmly believe that ‘they’ are no one to decide for others. Guard the culture for all I care, but you cannnot assualt the people for taking their own decisions.

    168. Tandra Bidyananda, Pune, India

    169. iam with you, i sign the petition

    170. really shmfll

    171. Akhila S, Bangalore

    172. Please add Saheli, Delhi as a signatory.

    173. Nidhi, Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, Delhi.

    174. Sangeeta Das, Mumbai

    175. Please add my name to the list. The incident is a national shame.

    176. Please add my name to the list. The incident is a national shame.

      Hyderabad

    177. Dr.Manisha. M. Gorti, TISS, Mumbai

    178. Vimal Pannala, Hyderabad

    179. Dr.M.Manisha, TISS, Mumbai

    180. Chhaya Datar, TISS, Mumbai

    181. Sukrit Nagaraj, Mumbai

    182. Sunitha, Bangalore

    183. Nandini Arora, Mumbai

    184. It is the most barbaric and unhuman action of SO CALLED Ram Sena, This is fact when Ram did not care Sita, how member of Ram sena could behave properly with women?
      We should be organise on this fundamentalist attack and we have to fight with these RSS type orgnisation. This is the time to work more intensive on the issue of personal freedom of each persons.

    185. Kushal Parikh, Hyderabad

    186. Sudish Bhat, Aberdeen (Scotland)

    187. I would like to endorse your views in the above mail.
      Jeevika S , Student, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai.

    188. I endorse the statement and would like to sign for the same
      Sarita Ganesh, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

    189. Indian culture is a very convenient notion for dirty politics. I wonder how it’s more “Indian culture” to beat up and molest women.

      Abir Chatterjee, Mumbai

    190. New Delhi

    191. Rebecca Eapen

    192. Deepika Singh, Ohio, United States.

    193. Ishani Dasgupta, Delhi

    194. Prerna, NewDelhi

    195. Nandini Dhar, Austin/Kolkata

    196. Sunitha Job, Sydney/Kochi

    197. Ankita Kaul, New Delhi

    198. Masood Salem, Indian, living in Dubai

    199. Kabul, Afghanistan

    200. Down with Cultural fascism!

    201. Anannya Baruah, New Delhi

    202. Anannya Baruah, New Delhi.

    203. down…down

    204. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

    205. Boston / Kolkata.

    206. In solidarity and for justice.

    207. Vebhuti, New Delhi

    208. what have we fought for, all these years, if we are to merely hand over our personal freedom to a bunch of blockheads and windbags

    209. London

    210. Boston, MA.

    211. Oodles of support to you. Let me know how I can sign this and also ask like minded friends to sign this.

      Also if you know any friends in Bangalore please ask them to join a peace rally on 7th feb in Bangalore, as I do not have your e-mail ID please visit the blog to read the invitation. Kindly ask pepole to join.

      But one genuine expression. Karnataka CM isn’t worth giving a letter……one of the most useless CM’s I have seen in history, who blemish on the democracy for outrightly dismissing the respect for women via his inaction on Mangalore pub attackers.

    212. My ID is indraneelbm@yahoo.com and can contact me at 9342210058…….politicians and business guys stay away please

    213. Swapna Mitra, Bangalore

    214. Nithya Sowrirajan, Mumbai

      Please update us as and when this goes to Sumi and what comes out of it. Thank you.

    215. Nits: I am sending names to Sumi once a day, whenever I get the time. Will post any updates that I receive from her.

      And everyone, please another reminder to post your NAME AND LOCATION if you want to be added. Otherwise, after collating the names, I have to look through them to identify those who have not given location, then painstakingly search for them in the comments backend, find their email IDS and send them emails asking them for it. Rather tiring. So please, remember to leave both name and location.

    216. Condemning the violence of the (im)moral, (un)cultural police!

      Let such incident not reduce the idea of freedom to whether or not women can go to pub.

    217. I agree with the statement very much.

    218. Indraneel Murkumbi, Bangalore

    219. I endorse this joint statment on Mangalor henious and barbaric act

    220. I endorse this statement

      Alankrita Pandey, Arlington, Texas.

    221. Pavithra Sankaran, Mysore

    222. Endorsing the Statement..

      Gender, Livelihoods and Resources Forum (GLRF), Ranchi

    223. Women should occupy more public space to speak out against violence and oppression (to political or other ends).

    224. Its about time stringent action is taken against so called self-serving “moral brigadiers”…last yr too on valentine’s day the Shiv Sainiks merrily molested girls in the name of moral policing.. we also have MNS goons who have added to the list of offenders. By not making these thugs accountable they are getting bolder and more brazen with their attacks….

    225. Bhuvi Gupta
      Hyderabad/New Delhi

    226. Kalyani Ramnath, Bangalore

    227. i do not understand in this case what has been a made ajoke of – women as individuals with a right to their own lives? the state ans a body that protects and serves its citizens? the constitution’s claim that it provides freedom of speech and expression? the media that calls it self “responsible”? the men whose “machoness” isnt manly enough if it doesnt ride on the supression of women?

    228. Abhijit Gupta
      Department of English,
      Jadavpur University, Calcutta

    229. Varun Subramaniam
      New Delhi

    230. I am a TISS alumna and working as a Research Assistant with the Centre for Women’s Studies at TISS. Please add me as a signatory to the joint petition. Thanks.

    231. Please add Depinder Singh Kapur, New Delhi

    232. This type of intolerance is frighteningly similar to that of the Taliban. Let’s put a stop to it.

    233. Rakhi Chakraborty, Bangalore

    234. We cannot have this in any civilised society

    235. absolutely condemn. Kudos to the lone guy who stood up against the “sene”. Heard he’s been receiving threats.

    236. Please add me .

    237. I’m in the process of publishing a related online petition. It’s time something concrete was done about such atrocities.

    238. I not only accord my consent to this petition, I suuplent it with the following comments….

      1.. My congratulations to the gentleman, interiorised on the BJP/RSS/BAJRANG DAL values underlying their “Agenda” whilst he was an active member of their organisation, and realising their visicious criminal
      import, quit the organisation…then had the courage of his convictions, to single-handedly ward off the Rma_Sena attackers on the customers of the Bar, unmindful of his own safety.

      2…” Assault On Women”, in as minute a detail, as to include in the offence, the way a man looks, speaks has body- contact or touches a women, and in any other way, intrudes on a woman’s privacy.
      Therefore it is legally binding on the Authorities of this bring to bear legal action against the “RAM SENA ” attacker on the youth of the Balmata Bar” in Mangalore recently…
      Finding them NOT GUILTY on any count whatsoever, most definately amounts to a judicial fraud on women of this country, and in consequence, the country itself!!
      Most Importantly this shames the honourable administrators and executors of Justice in India.

    239. I not only accord my consent to this petition, I suplement it with the following comments….

      1.. My congratulations to the gentleman, as an active member of the BJP/RSS/BAJRANGDAL combine,
      interiorised on the values underlying their “Agenda” , and realising their visicious criminal import, quit the organisation…then had the courage of his convictions, to single-handedly ward off the Ram-Sena attackers on the customers ( women in particular), of the Bar, unmindful of his own safety.

      2…” Assault On Women”, in minute detail, so as to include in the offence, the way a man looks, speaks has body- contact or touches a women, and in any other way, intrudes on a woman’s privacy, is spelt out in the LAW OF THE COUNTRY..
      Therefore it is legally binding on the Authorities of India to bring to bear legal action against the “RAM SENA ” attackers on the Men & Women Customers of the Balmata Bar” in Mangalore recently…
      Finding them NOT GUILTY on any count whatsoever, most definately does amount to a judicial fraud on the women of this country, and in consequence, the country itself!!
      Most Importantly this shames the Honourable Administrators and Executors of Justice in India,

    240. Mangalore/Aberdeen.

      I would like say that the government should bring the leader of the Ram Sena to trial. He/She being the leader is accountable to such illegal and barbaric acts of violence by their party members on innocent people. No one has any right to interrupt and assualt them. So they grabbed a couple of drinks, how is that demeaning to our culture!

      I am also sincerely hoping that this online petition is actually submitted to the right authorities.

      This is an act of denying someone their constitutional rights and it should be dealt with by the authorities with utmost seriousness in order to set an example so that no one else repeats such shameful acts henceforth.

    241. Ram Sena seems to be a cover up for desperate leeches and cheap shots. In the end it’s all an attention grabbing, and personal gratification tactics.

      We need educated politicians, and I don’t mean jut literate

    242. Pls add my name to the list.
      Thanks!

    243. It is difficult to believe that such blatant acts of violence against women, or men, can be committed with such impunity before TV cameras in this day and age. Worse, they have the gall to appear on talk shows and justify their actions. This is an indication of how hard and prolonged the struggle against these elements is going to be. They do have a constituency, however, small and that constuency needs to be minimised, even if it cannot be won over, through persuasion and strict enforcement of the law. Looks like the courts will have to step in since administrators do not seem inclined to do so.

    244. pl add my name
      Nandini Nagarajan
      NGRi, Hyd

    245. Raman Jit Singh Chima,
      Bangalore.

    246. Delhi

    247. sukanya basu ray chaudhuri, kolkata

    248. it looks like the cultural police are out to destroy this civilised country of ours where women are worshiped as goddesses. but these misguided youth numbering 40 rogues have tarnished the name of youth who are supposed to be protectors of women. don’t they have mothers and sisters will they just barge in their own homes and attack un protected women? Shame. they will have to be punished and they will have to ask public pardon
      juze vaz svd

    249. Its right time women get organized and stand up for our rights.

    250. Sumedha Jalote, New Delhi

    251. Parul Sharma, Mumbai

    252. Manjari Mehta, Dehra Dun

    253. please add my name to list

    254. Vikas Gupta, JNU, New Delhi-110078

    255. What “Moral Police” are we talking about here and who gave them the right to decide what morals an individual should imbibe? If they are such ardent believers of Hindutva then they should know well enough that men in India do not raise their hands on the women here, for it is a Sin. They might argue that the women who they hit were drinking in a bar, so they have sinned. Well if the women have sinned, they have been punished by the “Moral police”, subjectively speaking. Let us now punish those who have sinned by raising their hands on the women of India. Let’s just “Police” them without any morals, that’s all I ask.

    256. Devirupa Mitra, Delhi

    257. Kaushik Satish, Bangalore

    258. No man should for any reason raise a hand in violence against a woman. You men are stronger then we women are. No matter what country we live in we all have the right to live the way we think is best. No man or government should tell a woman how to dress or act in public. A decent woman know how to handle herslf and does not need anyone to remind her. God gave a a brain and free will just like he did you men. Qiut treating us like we are not equal just because we are female.

    259. Please add my name. Samia Ansari, USA

    260. Ashutosh Jogalekar, Pune

    261. I strongly endorse the statement. We can’t let this go on and on.
      Mangai, Chennai

    262. Gaurav Rajkhowa, Hyderabad

    263. This is not India Shining.
      A few people choosing how others should live … who has appointed them our guardians?

      Engaging the youth in destruction and violence is the worst form of mentor ship. Those who do it are a real danger to our country.

    264. it’s regressive. it’s medieval. it’s high time we as a society stood up against this kind of nonsense. these guys cant hold a society to ransom like this. with the valentine’s day around the corner, u can expect some more hooliganism next weekend. the choice is ours. v either put up to it or stand up to it. the choice we make will determine the collective character of our society.

    265. Please add my name

    266. Please add my name. Thanks.

    267. please add my name.

    268. Please count on me to support the cause of freedom for women on all occassions. We need much stronger reactions rather an electronic statement. A nationwide movement to stall everything till this issue is sorted out.

    269. Pradeep DSouza, Bangalore

    270. Please add my name to the list. The best thing that could come from this is a revitalisation of feminist and other progressive activism.

    271. Rashmi Venkatesan, Bangalore

    272. Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

    273. The facist act needs to be nipped in the bud.

    274. THE so called moral policing needs to be nipped in the bud and we do not want another nonsense group holding people to ransom.

    275. Malavika Raghavan, Chennai

    276. I endorse the statement and campaign

    277. Let moral police be treated with creative rage

    278. Suvasanamayee ‘Sue’ Viswanatha, Bangalore

    279. Venkat Ramanan, Chennai

    280. PLease add my name to this list

    281. Goonda raj in the name of hindu “culture” – how frighteningly similar it is to the Taliban. Let us put a stop to it.

      Rekha Sekhri
      Hyderabad

    282. Religion is being used to justify terror. This has to be ended immediately.

    283. In a democracy, people have a right to choose what they want to do, how they want to spend their time, or what entertainment they seek, as long as they do not infringe the law of the land. If there is a moral issue, if at all, it is for the parents to decide how far they will let their children go. No one else, period, no one else has a right to impose their will on others.

    284. I fully support this statement.

    285. please add my name to this list

    286. So our ram sena has taken upon itself to bring ram raj back to india? Ironic! I would love to hear these men’s families’ views on the despicable exploits of their young ‘heroes’.
      The question is the violation of the rights of individuals, not what different people perceive Indian culture to be. Our legal system should keep that in mind when they decide the sentence of these talibanistic youth.

    287. I’ll be dammed if I allow a bunch of idiots stop me from giving my wife of 23 years flowers on Valentine’s Day.

      More power to you Ladies.

      I endore your views in toto.

      Dr. Alfred Edwards
      Salem

    288. It’s time for India to enter the 21st century!

    289. Chaddi power! 🙂
      They’re just upset that nobody wants to be with them on V-day. or any other day for that matter.
      i feel sorry for them.
      poor loveless *******.

    290. This should never have happened in the first place and we should ensure it is NEVER repeated.

    291. we should ensure it is NEVER repeated.

    292. we should ensure it is NEVER repeated.

      – Ilan toronto, Canada

    293. Its high time that we women unite and let our warrior goddess athena and durga with kali guide us towards true liberation
      enough of being only sitas and savitris who is awlays supposed to take back seats
      let the women spirit and real men join in to speak in unision against such radical elements who are bent on snatching our very own free spirits and right to live

    294. Niranjana Nagarajan, Berkeley, USA

    295. I support your petition.

    296. The attacks are what bring forth the brutality that still exists in the indian male mentality!
      I strongly condemn it!

    297. I strongly condemn the attack.

    298. What a disgrace to India!

      Dhivya Arasappan, Chennai

    299. I endorse this petition

    300. I endorse the statement. Please add my name to the list of signatories.

      Madhav Badami, Montreal, Canada

    301. As a parent of a child,I want to ask Renuka Chowdhary if she ever wish to go to Pub and get addicted to drugs and dance like the so called “Item No.”??? OR Do u ever wish your children go to pub and do whatever nasty they want??? or do you mean to say that all parents in this country should act like you as an irresponsible and idiotic person?? what do you mean by Pub Bharo??? We want to see you in pub ,consume alcohol and dancing till you are in power. We do not want our children go disarray,nasty and unproductive.Mind it. in my View as a citizen of this country,I deject you as a Minister…You are simply not eligible to be in that position. Where is your voice when wemen are repeatedly being raped in streets of Delhi??? where is your voice when Son of a Goa Minister raped a minor girl??? Be sure, you will be thrown out in the coming election,just because of your dirty politics.

      At the same time, whatever sena it is, I have the advice for them , don’t just do moral policing on pub going girls. But fight against all discrimination in our society,fight against the tobocco barrons,smoking,gutkhas,drugs abusement…there are many such issues which our political spectrum deliberately ignores and that kills many in our country.Perform your duty peacefully, violence is not our culture.That will give you value addition and respect

    302. Endorsing the petition.

    303. I endorse this petition

    304. The gap between showing the right path and assaulting someone in wrong path is horribly big.
      Intentions of the violent can never be pure nor justifiable.

      By the way, isn’t violence against women against Indian culture?!

    305. Kerala,Thiruvananthapuram

    306. sheeja rajagopal
      NOIDA

    307. Anand Varghese
      Washington, DC

    308. On that day in Mangalore not only women but even men were
      beaten up,but media was more intrstd in showing only women
      being beaten.i personally met a victim(a guy called
      suresh),he was the most severely wounded among the
      victims.That too some scratches on his right hand and a
      small wound in his back.This incident shows how the media is
      controlled by christians and this issue is used to cover up
      the conversion activities taking place in mangalore and
      whole of India.Renuka a christian puppet

    309. I write with special respect to the comment of “Renuka A Christian Puppet”..

      ‘Puppets’ to the best of my knowledge are bereft of Intelligence …in fact they lack the human ability to think at all!!

      So why is a ” Puppet’s” comment nserted in this Blog, meant ( correct me if I wrong) for ‘Intelligent Human Beings”.

      Recently some RAM SENA .. . (or could it have been SHIV SENA OR MN SENA OR ANY ONE OF THE SENAS STILL BEING CONTEMPLATED AS BEING SET UP TO VOICE & REPRESENT ” VIOLENCE & DEPRADATION” AS THE THE TRUE AUTHENTIC VOICE OF INDIAN CULTURE) … “MARRIED” off some young couples , by forcibly “GARLENDING THEM HINDU FASHION” .

      OF course any normal Indian , with even a the THINIKINK PROWESS OF A “RABBIT- QUALITY-BRAIN”, would know such an ACT will and can never constitute a Marriage .

      Such Scamsters should be heavilt penalised for debasing a serious, i may even dubit as sacred, relationship committment like Marriage…

      Marriages as envisioned by these antisocial curds, would demolish everything decent and noble in Indian Society, in no time!!

      Religious Conversions, of the type envisaged by ” “Renuka A Christian Puppet”, and others of her ILK in India’s Legislature …( who have reduced the “LEGAL FRAME WORK OF INDIA” to a SHAM, by treating ‘Religious Conversions’ in similar manner, as the lowly roadside hooligans of India, have done with ” Marriage” ) , should be hauled up for denigration the Nation as one lacking in basic Intelligence and integrity of character!!
      REGINALD VAZ.

      an

    310. I write with special respect to the comment of “Renuka A Christian Puppet”..

      ‘Puppets’ to the best of my knowledge are bereft of Intelligence …in fact they lack the human ability to think at all!!

      So why is a ” Puppet’s” comment nserted in this Blog, meant ( correct me if I wrong) for ‘Intelligent Human Beings”.

      Recently some RAM SENA .. . (or could it have been SHIV SENA OR MN SENA OR ANY ONE OF THE SENAS STILL BEING CONTEMPLATED AS BEING SET UP TO VOICE & REPRESENT ” VIOLENCE & DEPRADATION” AS THE THE TRUE AUTHENTIC VOICE OF INDIAN CULTURE) … “MARRIED” off some young couples , by forcibly “GARLENDING THEM HINDU FASHION” .

      OF course any normal Indian , with even a the THINIKINK PROWESS OF A “RABBIT- QUALITY-BRAIN”, would know such an ACT will and can never constitute a Marriage .

      Such Scamsters should be heavilt penalised for debasing a serious, i may even dubit as sacred, relationship committment like Marriage…

      Marriages as envisioned by these antisocial curds, would demolish everything decent and noble in Indian Society, in no time!!

      Religious Conversions, of the type envisaged by ” “Renuka A Christian Puppet”, and others of her ILK in India’s Legislature …( who have reduced the “LEGAL FRAME WORK OF INDIA” to a SHAM, by treating ‘Religious Conversions’ in similar manner, as the lowly roadside hooligans of India, have done with ” Marriage” ) , should be hauled up for denigration the Nation as one lacking in basic Intelligence and integrity of character!!
      REGINALD VAZ.

    311. Ajith Kumar N
      Kochi

    312. “ReI write with special respect to the comment of “Renuka A Christian Puppet”..

      ‘Puppets’ to the best of my knowledge are bereft of Intelligence …in fact they lack the human ability to think at all!!

      So why is a ” Puppet’s” comment nserted in this Blog, meant ( correct me if I wrong) for ‘Intelligent Human Beings”.

      Recently some RAM SENA .. . (or could it have been SHIV SENA OR MN SENA OR ANY ONE OF THE SENAS STILL BEING CONTEMPLATED AS BEING SET UP TO VOICE & REPRESENT ” VIOLENCE & DEPRADATION” AS THE THE TRUE AUTHENTIC VOICE OF INDIAN CULTURE) … “MARRIED” off some young couples , by forcibly “GARLENDING THEM HINDU FASHION” .

      OF course any normal Indian , with even a the THINIKING PROWESS OF A “RABBIT- BRAINED -CREATURE “, would know such an ACT will and can never constitute a Marriage, in India or in other place in the CIVILISED WORLD.

      Such Scamsters should be heavily penalised for debasing a serious, sacred, committed human relationship like Marriage, which is the harbinger and mainstay of “Family” in a country … demolish marriage and the” Institution of Marriage” … and the ” Institution O family” is also demolished… And in due course, so are the Societies of the Civilised World!!

      ERGO : India will lead the WORLD back into it’s CAVE -MAN PAST.

      Marriages as envisioned by these antisocial curds, would demolish everything decent and noble in Indian Society, in no time!!

      Religious Conversions, of the type envisaged by ” “Renuka A Christian Puppet”, and others of her ILK in India’s Legislature …( who have reduced the “LEGAL FRAME WORK OF INDIA” to a SHAM, by treating ‘Religious Conversions’ in similar manner, as the lowly roadside hooligans of India, have done with ” Marriage” ) , should be hauled up for denigration the Nation as one lacking in basic Intelligence and integrity of character!!
      REGINALD VAZ.

    313. endorsing the statement. Guwahati, Assam.

    314. statement strongly endorsed. Guwahati, Assam.

    315. please add my name.Dr. Chitralekha De; Guwahati, Assam.

    316. Im too endorsing this petition …..it was a barbaric act just anyone cannot go and beat any girl so brutally…those mainly from the media industry should be punished who make pornographic movies and items number songs ….that is too exploitation of women ….why anyone doesn’t stop that

    317. my name is Paarthivi I endorse this petition

    318. It’s a shame!

    319. its really a shame to see all this in a developing country.brutal act towards our women n girls should not be tolerated…what is wrong in going to the pub?afterall rights should be equal for men and women…y dint they beat up the men then??y only women were targeted?..violence is not in our culture….i add myself to the signature list..
      priya karthikeyan,
      mangalore

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