To a commenter on Thank God for small mercies who says...
… .the pubs now. Only Mangalore seems to rankle in liberal minds, but let’s look at the issues.
* Under-age drinking. I have not seen a single liberal question the fact that children as young as 16 are now allowed to drink… Which liberal questioned the fact that these students were in a pub during the day, instead of in college? I’m against what happened but that’s hardly a case to close one’s eyes to the issues at hand.
Under age drinking is a big problem in the slums in my neighbourhood, semi literate goons are not authorised to deal with either them or with women in Pubs.
The only thing to do here is to inform the authorities. If the individual is more than 21 (legal age for drinking) then you are in no position to ‘take the law in your hand’, not even if the person is a woman. Not even if she is dancing with someone who you suspect is not her husband. No point trying to call her parents, if she is more than 18, she can marry or live with anyone of her choice.
All radicals and fanatics think they know best how citizens, especially female citizens, must live, and if we don’t mind our attitude, there will be no difference between us and the Taliban.
* Watering holes used as a conduit for prostitution.
Prostitution, mainly when the rich are involved, is a big worry for all moral police. (The morals of the sex workers on the streets are neglected making one wonder if the concern is genuine.) Anyway here again the eager to protect macho goons will have to let the equal citizens decide for themselves. Unless they have comitted a crime, they continue to be free to frequent the places of recreation they wish to.
Also, prostitutes have legal rights too.
2. Accusations of prostitution are also used to discourage supporters. Those who kill women for ‘honor’ would rarely utter a word to support a girl who is accused, even indirectly, of being involved in prostitution.
What I would like to see liberals do is talk about responsibilities rather than rights. Who picks up the tab when the costs become exorbitant?
One responsibility here is to create awareness against such crimes. We can’t allow a talibanisation to take over our Democratic values.
…Men with their liberal waywardness are party to such degeneration.
Read about what happens when nearly every man gets drunk every evening in the slums and in villages in many parts of India, here. The terrified, hungry children, the helpless mothers, the helpless alcoholic, the family trying to hide their bruises and their problem, or families beyond caring who learns of their ugly problems. That’s degeneration.
Women drinking and dancing in clubs is just another way in which our vast nation and its diverse people celebrate life.