Is it ‘immoral’ and ‘uncultured’ if girls smoke in a smoking zone?
Manglore: 10 Bajrang Dal activists, with two policemen in tow, marched up to the smoking area on the open terrace leading from second floor where the four girls and three boys were, around 5.30 p.m., and asked them to come to the police station for their “immoral” and “uncultured” behaviour. When the young group protested, one of the intruders used foul language against a girl, the manager said, adding that the group were regulars there. The group, all undergraduate students, were hauled off to the Pandeshwar police station. At the police station, the vigilantes, who said they were from the Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahin. However, no case was booked. “There is a separate smoking zone in the café and the girls and boys smoke there. As they were smoking in a smoking zone there is no violation of rules. Further there’s no rule that bans women from smoking,” a senior police officer said. –The Hindu