The Bengaluru police raided a popular pub located in Indiranagar, on the night of Saturday, rescuing 32 women who were reportedly forced into sex work. rescued women are from west Bengal and Northeast.
The pub called Mango Tree, which is located on the busy 80 Feet Road in Indiranagar, used to double up as a dance bar on weekends. According to cops, the women were forced to engage in obscene acts as well.
Ajay Hilori, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Bengaluru East said on Twitter. “Bengaluru Raided a pub on 80feet road Indiranagar, rescued 32 women who were made to be dressed indecently and involved in obscene acts, booked case against management of the pub,”
Raided a pub on 80feet road indiranagar, rescued 32 women who were made to be dressed indecently and involved in obscene acts, booked case against management of the pub in @Jbnagarbcp, arrested 6 accused from the pub @CPBlr @AddlCPEast @BlrCityPolice
— Dr. Sharanappa S.D, IPS (@DCPEASTBCP) July 3, 2018
According to Hilori’s quote in Bangalore Mirror, the city police are also investigating to see if Mango Tree functioned as a pick-up joint.
The News Minute has reported that the girls were made to dance topless in the bar.
“The ground floor was being used as a regular bar and eatery but entry to the upper floor was restricted during the weekends. It seems the girls were being brought with the help of some men from outside the state,” officials involved in the raid in the raid told the news outlet.
The Jeevanbheema Nagar Police have registered a complaint against the management of the pub under sections 370 (Trafficking of persons) and section 294 (Obscene acts and songs) of the IPC.
Meanwhile, the women, who are from West Bengal and north-eastern parts of the country have been sent to a government shelter.
Earlier in June, Bengaluru’s Ashok Nagar police had conducted a raid at the Times bar and restaurant on Residency Road after it received information that the management had hired female staff for live performances. The management was booked under section 294 (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place) of the IPC.