It is time the government takes a firm action against those resorting to violence in the name of anti-Padmaavat protests, especially on those who attacked a school bus in Gurugram yesterday. When the Supreme Court of the country has given a green signal to the movie, how can these goons from fringe groups be allowed to take law in their hands and hold society at ransom.
There can be nothing worse than attacking innocent children and people responsible for it must be dealt with in strictest possible manner. 18 people have been arrested in connection with the incident and would be produced before Sohna court today. But, what charges would be pressed against them? Just booking them under sections pertaining to rioting and damage to public property will not do, they ought to be booked under attempt to murder.
The horrifying bus attack left the young passengers mortified as protesters threw stones at the vehicle. In order to save themselves from getting injured, terrified children crouched on the bus floor and others cried in panic.
Reports say the bus belonged to GD Goenka World School. The attack took place on Sohna Road near Delhi at around 3 pm on Wednesday. During the attack at least 30 children with teachers and a staff member were inside the bus as they were on their way back home.
All this clearly shows that there is a lack of will to come down hard at Karni Sena's brazen attempt to hold society at ransom and curb freedom of expression.
Especially in Haryana, the Manohar Lal Khattar regime does not seem too eager to stamp down anti-Padmaavat protests. Khattar's repeated assurances to provide security to movie halls came only after the Supreme Court barred states from banning the movie.
Even Khattar's statement following the order was not something that would encourage movie halls to ahead with the screening of Padmaavat.
"If someone decides not to screen the film it will be good but if someone screens the film, they will be provided security. It is our duty to comply with Supreme Court's order," Khattar had told the media on Monday.
"If someone decides not to screen the film it will be good" clearly shows that his government does not actually want halls to screen the movie, but the CM cannot clearly say it becasue of the SC order.