Not Sunny Leone's Bengaluru party, here's what Karnataka govt needs to focus on

The Karnataka government has cancelled Sunny Leone's scheduled performance at a private New Year's event in Bengaluru

A couple of years back, Sunny Leone took some politicians to the cleaners for discussing her condom ads at political rallies. CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjan said that condom advertisement featuring the actress would lead to an increase in rape cases in the country. In a fierce take down of this statement, she tweeted: “Sad when people of power waste their time and energy on me, instead of focusing on helping those in need !!!!! #SHAME #EPICFAIL”.

The politicians are back to discussing her. The Karnataka government has cancelled her scheduled performance at a private New Year’s event in Bengaluru.

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A not-so-well-known group named Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene is protesting against Sunny Leone’s performance at a private new year’s party. This pro-Kannadiga group is convinced about the fact that Sunny Leone is the biggest threat to their culture and that a new year’s party where she would perform would be calamitous. They, reportedly, threatened mass suicides to stop the former-adult film actress from entering the state. These theatrics, soon won the attention of the government. Karnataka Home Minister stepped in to pacify these angry protesters and decided to cancel Leone’s event. A final decision, reportedly, would be taken tomorrow in an meeting.

It’s appalling how state legislators can bring themselves to devote their work hours to discuss trivial issues such as these, when there are serious issues of law and order and civic facilities to deal with.

According to NCRB, Bengaluru is now the second metro after Delhi on the list of cities with the highest criminal activities. The crime rate increased by nearly 28%.

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The city is also grappling with a host of civic issues like water crisis, potholes and water logging, traffic problem, urban planning. You can gauge the quality of civic amenities in the cities when you look at the astounding number of potholes it has. According to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), there are 15,935 potholes.

Perhaps, fixing the potholes and providing better quality of life to its citizens is more important than moral policing.

A recent study by Environmental Management & Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) found that 85% of the city’s water bodies are severely polluted.

Of the samples taken 305 water bodies during monsoons, 85% were categorised as Class E, that is, their water can only be used for irrigation and industrial cooling, and is the lowest grade. A further 13% under Class D (breeding fish and wildlife propagation only), and the remaining 2% under Class C (disinfection and conventional treatment to make it potable). Not one lake tested was in Grade A (drinking water) or B (can be used for bathing).