Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women (NCW) is constituting a three-member committee to probe the January 24 attack on women in a Mangalore pub by activists of the self-styled Sri Ram Sene activists in the name of “moral policing.”

Headed by NCW member Nirmala Venkatesan, the committee will visit Mangalore to get a firsthand account of the incident. The other members will be prominent individuals from civil society in Karnataka.

The NCW has sought an action-taken report from the Director-General of Police.

Chairperson Girija Vyas said she was shocked at the incident and demanded strict action against the guilty.

The All-India Democratic Women’s Association has strongly condemned the attack on the young women. They were badly beaten up and molested in full public view for patronising a pub. The attackers also objected to the women “mixing with youth of other faith,” an AIDWA statement said here on Tuesday.

The AIDWA demanded that the Karnataka government ensure that all those involved in the attack were severely punished. Their links with organised crime and extortion rackets should also be investigated. The government should ensure that such incidents did not recur and any self-styled moral police should be dealt with severely, especially as Valentine’s Day was fast approaching, the statement said. It also called on all democratic forces to unite against fundamentalist forces that sought to restrict the rights of women in the name of “Indian culture.”

The attack is a blatant violation of the freedom of women as citizens of this country, said the National Federation of Indian Women. It held the UPA government at the Centre also responsible for such heinous crimes.