Minorities women meet K'taka Home Minister

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Mangalore, Sep 17 (UNI) It was a heart-rending scene at the Circuit House here where a large number of minorities women gathered to narrate their deep agony and horrible experiences they underwent in the last three days during attack on places of worship and prayer halls in the city followed by police atrocities on them.

They met Karnataka Home Minister Dr V S Acharya who is camping here since last two days reviewing the situation.

The women were seen crying and complaining with the Deputy Commissioner M Maheshwar Rao and other politicians from different political parties, including the Congress and the Janata Dal(Secular), demanding justice.

They were seen demanding the Deputy Commissioner for the immediate release of their innocent kith and kin who were arrested under false charges.

Some of the women showed bruises they got during lathi charge by the police on their hand and legs before the waiting newspersons.

The women, who were not allowed to meet the Home Minister, were seen shouting against the state government alleging instigation of violence and atrocities on women by the police.

''We don't want such government and Home Minister who do not have concern about the women. The entire incidents were done at the behest of the government and the police,'' they alleged.

Some women, while briefing the newspersons, said that they would not leave the Circuit House until their sons were not released from the jail. ''Give us poison, we will drink and die instead of undergoing such mental and physical torture without seeing our children who have been arrested two days ago,'' a weeping woman said.

A 78-year-old woman told UNI that when the people, most of them women, were praying inside the place of worship at Kulashekar yesterday, the police started caning them.

Later, the police entered into a nearby school where the women and children were sheltered and dragged them out, she alleged.

Showing the bruises of lathi charge, she demanded the government, which had no consideration for women and children, should go.

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