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Yesterday the state witnessed its second largest attack on unsuspecting partygoers at a restaurant and lounge bar called The Beach on 100ft rd Indiranagar, Bangalore infront of video cameras. The first attack was on a club in Mangalore where hooligans attacked the partygoers and manhandled the women and beat them infront of TV cameras calling themselves RamSena.

More details here <

http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/30/stories/2009083061040300.htm&gt;

<http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=3&contentid=2009083020090830024922109857501ec&gt;

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Mangalore_pub_attack&gt;

The reason for this blog is to discuss issues common in both these attacks and ways to keep ourselves safe in the future..

I’m not sure how many of you have noticed but its cause for great concern that the media were present in both these locations well before the local cops. In yesterday’s case, the cops from Indiranagar station which is less than 2 kms away turned up 45mins after the incident broke out but the media crew had arrived well before.

This opens up two important questions

1) In both the cases, our media were informed in advance of this attack  and decided to get the first scoop for their channel

2) The media didn’t find it important enough to alert the police about such an attack since they wanted to get as much meat from this story

Guess we are all living in an artificial world and have to take care of ourselves and not depend on anyone. Here are a few pointers for all of us including travelers visiting the state:

a) Women should always make it a point to carry pepper spray for their own safety. These sprays are easily available at all cosmetic (Health n Glow) and large departmental stores and cost anywhere from Rs 200 – Rs 450.

b) Always travel in groups of min 2 members and carry information of the local police hotline numbers. For India, we have standard hotline numbers – Police – 100, Ambulance – 108  & Fire – 102

c) Do not stay out too late on the streets especially in revealing clothes. This may create unnecessary attention.

d) Do not venture into unfamiliar localities especially at nite and even if you do, make sure you have reliable sources dropping you back home or to your hotel.

These pointers may help us stay away from unnecessary trouble atleast until our police department pulls up their socks. But for these two incidences, the state is still one of the safest destinations for travelers.

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