Owners of bars and restaurants which employ women have alleged that they are being harassed by the Bangalore police even though they run their establishments as per the law.
President of the Bangalore Ladies Working Bar and Restaurant Owners Association B C Gopalakrishna accused the police of raiding their establishments despite the fact that they follow the rules and regulations. The Central Crime Branch police had raided seven bars and restaurants on August 3 and arrested their owners,employees and some customers.
And the police have not allowed them to re-open their establishments since,the bar owners association claimed.
There are more than 1,500 women employees in 30 bars and restaurants in the city,apart from male employees. We are providing provident fund and all other benefits,according to the directions of the high court,to our employees. None of the seven bars and restaurants have been allowed to re-open after the raid. As a result,we have suffered huge losses and will not be able to pay salaries to our employees, Gopalakrishna said.
The associations vice President B N Jeevan said harassment by the police has weakened workers mentally and financially. The police,he alleged,punish all establishments if just one violates the license conditions.
Bangalore police chief Raghvendra H Auradkar,on his part,said the police cant turn a blind eye to violation of the law. We will take action only when we find violations in bars and restaurants. Im wont talk much about the matter as it is already in court, he said.