M'lore assault victim barred from exam; trauma compounded

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Mangalore, Aug 1: After the blatant attack by miscreants on party revelers at the homestay in Mangalore, the insult was further compounded when one of the victims was barred from giving her examination by the management college in Mangalore where she was studying. She was informed orally of the decision that she will not be able to take the internal third semester examinations to begin on Wednesday. The apathy by the college officials has been highlighted by various media channels.

The victims of the brutal attack by alleged members of the Hindu Jagarana Vedike after having to face assault by anti-social elements have been victimised again by college authorities. Another victim of the assault had to shift to her relative's house in Gujarat after she was hounded by media personnel and subjected to intense media scrutiny. The reporters had literally set up camp outside the houses of these victims.

On the other hand, rather than bringing the assaulters to justice, the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) on Tuesday slapped a notice on Morning Mist homestay owner Loretto Rebello, where the youngsters were bashed up. The resort was asked to explain if the property was being used for residential or commercial purposes.

MCC Commissioner Harish Kumar has been quoted as saying to a newspaper, "According to our records, the property is being used for residential purposes. However, based on media reports, the homestay is being rented out for 10,000 per day." If it emerges that the property was being used commercially, the 50 pc property tax subsidy will be cancelled and will have to pay the property tax meant for commercial establishments.

Sources also claimed that the district Tourism Department had established stringent measures to run homestays and that only two people were given permission to run homestays in Mangalore.

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