Saturday, February 14, 2009

Loose Women Protest on Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to the Consortium of Pubgoing, Loose and Forward Women!

South Asia has a long history of producing formidable women. But few are as inventive as Nisha Susan.

Susan has embarked on a war against what some Indians call their country's self-appointed "moral police." On Valentine's Day, she and thousands of her allies will unleash their chief weapon: women's pink knickers.

Susan launched her campaign after a posse of hard-line Hindu activists barged into a pub in the south Indian city of Mangalore last month and roughed up young women clients who were enjoying a quiet drink.

This assault — by members of a little-known organization called the Sri Ram Sena, or Lord Ram's Army — caused outrage among many Indians. It also triggered a national debate about the rights of women in a fast-changing society where traditions still run deep.

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