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Anisha Sheth | The News Minute | July 18, 2014 | 8.03 pm IST (Comment) Pramod Muthalik has taken personal outrage at the number of sexual assaults that have been reported in Karnataka in recent days, and has called for a social boycott of people accused of sexual crimes. Now for an introduction. Pramod Muthalik was one of the accused in the 2008 Mangalore pub attack case. Activists of the Shri Rama Sene, which Muthalik founded, barged into the pub and beate up women and men. Why? Apparently, they offended the Shri Rama Sene’s moral values. How dare they! Speaking on a Kannada television news channel, Muthalik said that society should socially boycott those accused of rape. “They should (point and say): This is the rapist’s house! This is the rapist’s house!” Muthalik said.  Several times in the past, Shri Rama Sene activists have “rounded-up” girls and boys, and handed them over to the police station. A group of activists who share Muthalik’s ideology had handed over two such people to the police. Unable to bear the humiliation of that incident, the 16-year-old girl committed suicide. As an RSS pracharak, Muthalik had toured the whole state, spreading ideas about morality and religion which considered it a crime to socialise or worse, (for a woman) to fall in love with someone of a different religion.  “It is not just the police, but women who should come forward (to protest)” Muthalik thundered. With this, Muthalik announced that the women’s wing of the Shri Rama Sene which is called Durga Sene, would give training to girls in karate and other martial arts starting October.  With display of knives, swords and air rifles at a Rama Sene event in Mangalore in March 2004, Muthalik had offered to train people for the “army” which any “Hindu” could join.  Lastly, Muthalik finished by saying that not just the police and minister, but all of society should come together to join and stop the crimes against women.  Good advice. Does it apply to him as well?

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