30 accused in 2009 Mangaluru pub attack acquitted

Mangaluru pub attack Sri Ram Sene chief several others acquitted

Mangaluru pub attack Sri Ram Sene chief several others acquitted

Almost a decade after the infamous Amneisa pub attack in Mangaluru in 2009, 26 accused, including Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, have been acquitted by a city court due to lack of evidence.

The order was passed by 3rd Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court in Mangaluru.

MP from the Udupi-Chickmagalur constituency, said on Tuesday that women must learn to protect themselves, while responding to Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik's acquittal in the 2009 Mangaluru pub attack case, according to reports.

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And while the video depicted several men allegedly dragging women at the pub by their hair, slapping and roughing them up and accusing them of "loose morals", the verdict has left people shocked, while Muthalik celebrates.

"Cases were filed against us under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) without evidence and witnesses".

The video of dozens of Ram Sene members mercilessly thrashing women at Amnesia pub in the port city in protest against western culture and western dress had gone viral across the world.

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Then Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa had termed the incident "unfortunate". The ghost of pub attack had even compelled the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to cancel Pramod Muthalik's membership from the party within five hours after he joined in March 2014. The incident marked the rise of moral policing in the coastal town angering youngsters.

Following the incident, women from all over India sent off hundreds of pink panties-dubbed Pink Chaddi campaign-to Sri Rama Sene to protest against the attack and chauvinistic statements by Muthalik.

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