Mangalore: Suspecting Homestay Victims' Bona Fides, But Evading Uneasy Questions
by Violet Pereira
Mangalore: Jagrata Hindu Mahila Vedike and residents of Padil held a press meet at the press club, Urva here on August 18, against the National Women Commission's negligence.
Addressing the mediapersons the convener of the JHMV Prasanna Ravi alleged that the attitude of the National Women's Commission Shamina Shafiq was unsatisfactory. "When we went to meet her at the Circuit house on August 16 at 4.30 pm, first she refused to meet us but after several attempts she gave us only 5 minutes to speak. When we submitted the memorandum, she refused to receive it. She did not even bother to read the memorandum. She kept the memorandum aside without reading it and said that if we had any queries, we could come to Delhi and discuss it," she said.
"When we mentioned the incidents in the city concerning Love Jihad, sex mafia, drug mafia, and rape cases, she said that it was not her duty, and asked us to discuss the issue with the state government as it is not related to her, Prasanna added.
"When we went to the circuit house to meet her, we were told to wait for some time and the door was shut saying that she was in a meeting. She had held a one-to-one, closed-door meeting with one of the TV reporters. This has led to suspicions and we need to know what she was talking with the TV reporter," Prasanna further said.
"We, the members JHMV, condemn such attitude on the part of NWC's Shamina Shafiq. We will send the submitted copy through the media to the State Women's Commission which the National Women's Commission refused to take. It is a plan to create bad impression in people's mind about Mangalore and the media has been blamed for everything, which is condemnable," she also said.
When asked about the attack on homestay and the assault on girls, Prasanna appeared to divert the topic and not allowing the media to ask any question. She went on blaming the girls and boys who were partying there.
She wanted to know as to why the girls went to the homestay with 8 boys in the night, why the students came in uniform and then changed their dress and why they brought liquor and other things to celebrate birthday. Further she said that in the present days not only in college but in high school too drug mafia was operating. "Instead of listening to our problems, Shamina asked me whether I was present at the time of the attack," Prasanna said.
"But when the homestay was attacked, even Shamina was not present. Then how can she ask me if I was there? She visited the homestay and had a closed-door meeting with the boys and the house-owner for hours. What was she was discussing with them? Why did she not receive the memorandum from the neighbours when they were waiting outside the homestay ? Why is she acting one sided?" Prasanna asked.
There was a heated argument between the mediapersons and Prasanna Ravi. Instead of clarifying over the questions asked, she went on questioning as to why the girls went to the homestay, why they were not coming out to fight if they are right, and why there were only two boys coming forward and fighting. She demanded that if they are not guilty, they come out and fight for their rights.
When she was reminded that all the boys and girls were adults, aged above 18 years having the right to live and no one had the right to assault, Prasanna, instead of answering the question, she again pointed out the dress the girls wore and their character.
She also said, "The homestay had no licence. There is no relationship between the 8 boys and 5 girls who were present at the homestay. Why are only two boys name Gurudath Kamath and Vijayakumar coming out and fighting? Where are the other 6 boys? Why was no medical test done on the boys and girls ?" She also said that there was no permission to store alcohol in homestay and all the 5 girls should be questioned.
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