Mangaluru pub attack case: Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik acquitted

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

None of the women victims of the attacks had deposed before the court.

After vandalising the pub, the activists allegedly assaulted the women who were dressed in western clothes and seen dancing to the loud music.

The order was passed by 3rd Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court in Mangaluru. Those acquitted include prominent Hindu activists Pramod Muthalik, Subhash Padil, Prasad Attavar and so on. Advocates Asha Nayak and Vinod Kumar had argued for the suspects. Though the case has 30 accused, two are overseas and two have died. "In this case none of the women were cited as witnesses", she said.

"We the Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development are severely disappointed by the wholesale acquittal of all the accused in the Amnesia Pub Attack of 2009".

In a release, its co-ordinator Vidya Dinker said that the outcome was unexpected and "we had been hoping for the strictest punishment for the guilty as per law".

"We believe it is a triumph", said Muthalik, who was present in court at the time of the judgement, according to News 18. "I know the Amnesia pub closed down after that incident but another pub has taken its place and served liquor till past midnight (against the 11pm deadline)", Muthalik claimed. The details of the verdict were not immediately available as the certified copy will be available only after two days.

"I was fixed in the case by the BJP and Congress governments", claimed Muthalik who has not been on good terms with the BJP. The party's prospects in Mangaluru specifically were dented.

Nine years after the country's conscience was shaken as it witnessed a mob beating up young women outside a pub in the coastal city of Mangaluru, about 350km from Bengaluru, a local court on Monday acquitted all 30 people involved in the attack.

Under the name of "Moral Policing" Sri Rama Sene had attacked the pub alleging that the customers in the Pub, including women, were allowed to behave indecently against the Indian culture and thrashed those who were in the hotel.

"We did not have any intention to beat up women, but we are against the bar and pub culture". Thus all the accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence. The pub has since closed down and another one has been operating at the same location. Muthalik said that his fight against illegal pubs, bars, clubs will continue within the legal framework.

After the verdict, members of Sri Rama Sene celebrated by bursting crackers and distributing candies at Arya Samaj. "I will discuss with my lawyers and consider filing a defamation case", he said.

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