Yesterday we had reported how a pro-Kannada group Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuve Sene protested outside Manyata Tech park Bengaluru against upcoming performance by actress Sunny Leone which was scheduled to take place at new year. The group had also threatened mass suicides if Sunny was allowed to perform.
Sunny Leone was invited to participate in New Year’s Eve Party named “Sunny Night in Bengaluru NYE 2018”.The protesting group had demanded the show be canceled as they believe it will affect the existing Kannada culture as Sunny will cause harm to their traditions.
According to the latest update by TOI, the Karnataka govt crumbled under pressure and denied permission to Leone for performing in Bengaluru.
“We have denied permission fearing law and order problems in the wake of protests by pro-Kannada outfits and also keeping in view the directions of the Karnataka high court in a molestation case reported on MG Road last New Year’s Eve,” home minister R Ramalinga Reddy told TOI.
“I have instructed (authorities) not to allow such events. Don’t bring her (Leone) here. People are opposed to the event. Let them (organizers) organize events related to Kannada culture and literature, which is our heritage,” Reddy added.
Citing that it is a law and order issue, he pointed out that her fans in Kochi went berserk during her visit in August. “We took feedback from Kochi police before taking the decision,” Reddy added
One of the protestors had earlier told that the group strongly condemns Sunny’s image due to her past career and they believe that bringing her to Bengaluru will corrupt the men and women there and will provoke them to misbehave.
KRV office-bearer Harish welcomed the government decision.”It is a victory for us. Government has cancelled the programme. Had it happened here, we would have brought activists from 20 districts to Bengaluru and held a mega protest here.”
Some of the protesters had earlier said that they were ready to allow Sunny to perform if she wears a Saree.However, the event organizer had clarified that the show was going to be a family show and there was no indecent dress code.
Legislators watching porn in the assembly is okay but no Sunny Leone for new year's. Way to go Karnataka! https://t.co/oDzsqh7IjH
— Apurva Vishwanath (@apurva_hv) December 15, 2017
Our Take: The act of censoring an artist’s work in the name of protection of culture is highly condemnable. The govt and administration’s job is to take action against these fringe groups who have made it a habit to protest in the name of protecting Indian culture.Sunny Leone is an actor and participating in events is her profession and its the job of govt to protect her like any other citizen from these fringe groups. Crumbling of administration under pressure of such groups in the name of saving our culture and “sanskaras” is highly shameful.