Goa cops see social threat in ice cream parlours
Panaji: In Goa, where liquor bars and stores dominate the business landscape, police and activists believe that ice cream and juice parlours are hubs of "anti-social activities" and have threatened a crackdown on these humble establishments. Goa Police have threatened a crackdown on juice parlours in the south Goa district headquarters town of Margao, saying that they allow young couples to "cosy-up" in their premises over an ice-cream scoop or a glass of juice.
These measures, police say, have become necessary in view of the horrific New Delhi gang-rape, in which six people brutally raped and tortured a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who later succumbed to injuries.
"Students come to ice cream and juice parlours during school and college hours. We have directed owners to question why students skip classes," Superintendent of Police Shekhar Prabhudessai told IANS.
Goa has nearly 7,000 bars dotting the small state with almost one bar per 200 people, making the state, in all likelihood, the top state in the country as far as the bar-to-person ratio is concerned. Students who frequent ice cream and juice parlours believe that cracking down on these establishments is just a case of the police barking up the wrong tree.