MANGALORE: A local court on Wednesday directed the police to register an FIR against union minister for women and child welfare Renuka Chowdhury for her reported remark that “Mangalore has been Talibanised” in the wake of the attack on women at a pub here on January 24 by Sri Ram Sene activists.
Third judicial magistrate (first class) directed the police to register the FIR under section 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups) and B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (Statements conducive to public mischief) IPC and also to submit the investigation report before March 20, Padma Prasad Hegde, representing the BJP-led Mangalore corporation mayor Ganesh Hosabettu and others, said.
The direction came following a criminal case filed by the mayor against Chowdhury for her remarks.
Hegde contended that the accused (Minister) had “deliberately” uttered communally provocative sentences in order to incite violence.
18 Feb 2009, PTI
FIR against Renuka for `Taliban’ remark
Mangalore : A First Information Report (FIR) was filed here on Saturday against Union minister for women and child development Renuka
Chowdhury for her reported statements disparaging Mangaloreans.
Chowdhury had said the situation in Mangalore was `Talibanised’ following the attack on girls at a pub by Sri Rama Sene activists.
Mayor Ganesh Hosabettu along with 15 others filed a complaint against Chowdhury.
The Judicial Magistrate First Class (III court) accepted the complaint and told the police to file an FIR and submit a report on or before March 20. “The court received the FIR at 10.30 am,” said P P Hegde, the complainants’ advocate.
According to Hegde, Chowdhury has been charged under Sections 153 A, 153 B and 505 of the Indian Penal Code and they are non-bailable. “The police now have the powers to arrest her, if need be,” he said.
Objecting to the delay on the part of the police in filing the FIR, Hegde said this has to be done immediately. “My clients feel the minister is exerting her influence, and that no fair investigation can be done,” he said.
Hosabettu, satisfied with the FIR, said he’d filed the complaint in his individual capacity and not as the mayor. “Her comments were uncharitable and demeaning to the entire city,” he added. “The advocate is not charging any fee for this case.”
21 Feb 2009, TNN
Renuka urges Yedyurappa to ensure safety of women
NEW DELHI: Taking the offensive against Karnataka government a notch higher, women and child development (WCD) minister Renuka Choudhary has
written to chief minister Y S Yedyurappa pointing out the lapses in law and order in the state. Choudhary has also urged the CM to make efforts to instil confidence amongst women who felt threatened following the Mangalore pub attack.
The communication sent by the minister said that chargesheets against the 25 accused should be filed as early as possible.
The state government has been under severe attack from the Union government for its inaction following the attack on women in Amnesia, a Mangalore pub. The attack was spearheaded by Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik. Muthalik has threatened to take “action” against couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14.
Expressing disapproval at the state government’s lack of stringent action, Choudhary had earlier said, “How can the state government allow something (hooliganism) like this to go on? I am watching the situation closely. The Centre will have to intervene if the state cannot manage its law and order.”
Meanwhile, apprehending trouble by “self-styled moral police” on Valentine’s Day, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to all chief ministers to ensure vigilance by authorities. “We have asked all CMs to ensure that women and girls are not harassed or assaulted by individuals or groups in the name of moral policing. There should not be any infringement upon the personal freedom of individuals,” Girija Vyas, NCW chairperson, said.
NCW member Nirmala Venkatesh, who was served a showcause notice by the WCD ministry for dereliction of duty while probing the pub attack, has replied to the ministry. Sources said she has denied making any “unwarranted remarks” on the issue and has stood by her report that was rejected by the commission.
12 Feb 2009, Himanshi Dhawan, TNN
Breakdown of law and order in Karnataka: Renuka
NEW DELHI: Criticising the BJP government in Karnataka for the Mangalore incidents, women and child development minister Renuka Chowdhury on Saturday said that there was a “breakdown” of law and order in the state where “Talibanisation” is happening.
In a warning to the state government, she said: “All instruments of democracy will be used to stop such incidents.”
Commenting on Friday’s kidnapping of the daughter of a Kerala MLA and her Muslim male friend from a bus in Mangalore allegedly by activists of Sri Ram Sene, Chowdhury said: “The state government is not in control of the law and order situation. Talibanisation is happening. There is a clean communal divide where a Hindu girl is prevented from talking to a Muslim boy. It is a very dangerous trend.”
“There is a breakdown of law and order in Karnataka and I think we should look at it as a national security problem,” she added.
Asked why the Centre was not intervening, she said the government is “respecting Centre-state ties” but nobody should think that it is “weak or cannot do anything”. “We are repeatedly warning the state government that they should take cognisance. When it is necessary we will take a step.”
Referring to the recent attack by Sene activists on women in a Mangalore pub, she said the issue should not be diluted by saying that it is only about “pub culture”. “It is a much deeper rot. Today it is a pub, tomorrow if you are sitting in the staircase in front of your house, they will come and slap you. It is fascism, there is an attempt to spread an ideology of hatred in Karnataka, an attempt to bring a communal divide,” Chowdhury said.
Slamming the BJP-led regime, she said: “It is fascism supported by a state government that we need to be concerned about.”
Voicing apprehension that similar incidents may take place on Valentine’s Day, she said: “I have no confidence on the state government…I am watching the situation… I am still giving a long rope to the state government. I will talk to the CM.”
CPM too accused the Karnataka government of partronising elements who are attacking minorities and women in the state. Reacting to reports of kidnapping and attack on a CPM MLA’s daughter, the party said such attacks on minorities and women were taking place in Karnataka due to the “patronage, if not connivance” of the state government.
“It is the fascist agenda of the Sangh Parivar and the Hindutva brigade of targeting minorities and women’s rights in the name of culture which has spawned such criminal elements. They act with impunity because of the patronage if not connivance of the BJP-led government of Karnataka,” CPM politburo said.
8 Feb 2009, TNN
Renuka Chowdhury sends team to probe Mangalore pub incident
The Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Renuka Chowdhury has sent a two-member team to conduct an independent probe into the attack last month on women in a Manglore pub, an official said in New Delhi on Sunday.
Around 40 members of Sri Rama Sene (army of god Rama) barged into a Mangalore pub ‘Amnesia’ on Jan 24 and bashed up several young men and women in the name of moral policing.
“The National Commission for Women (NCW) had sent a team to probe the Mangalore incident but their report has not yet come. Therefore, realising the urgency of the is
sue, the ministry has sent a two-member team to probe the matter,” a ministry official told IANS.
The WCD team, led by joint secretary Kiran Chadha, left for Mangalore Saturday night.
“The team will return in a day or two and submit a report on the matter,” the official added.
A three-member NCW team, led by Nirmala Venkatesh, visited the pub and said that the license of the pub should be cancelled as it was illegally allowing live band performances and lacked proper security.
Venkatesh’s comment was, however, contradicted by the commission’s chairperson Girija Vyas.
Hindustan Times, February 01, 2009