Saturday’s attack on a homestay in Mangalore by a group of men is nothing but a replication of the public molestation of a young girl in Guwahati recently. What right did the Hindu fundamentalist group have to barge into a private birthday party? Why did the outfit remain silent when some BJP MLAs were caught watching pornography in the Karnataka Assembly?
Religious obscurantism and vigilantism by self-styled guardians of morality constitute a deadly cocktail of lawlessness and social disharmony. What is more dangerous is that such criminal acts seem to have the tacit approval of some sections of society and law-enforcers. The Talibanised cultural storm troopers cannot be allowed to run berserk. It is time the electronic media was subjected to some regulation.