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http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-11/goa/38462629_1_india-mahila-congress-committee-cm-manohar-parrikar-cafe

11 April 2013

Panaji: Playboy's plans to open its cafe in Candolim has come under heavy fire from the BJP-whose ruling government is contemplating giving it permission-the Congress and women's NGO BailanchoSaad.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday, state BJP spokesman Wilfred Mesquita said the party will speak to its government and express its opposition to the cafe.

"The BJP does not approve of having a Playboy cafe in Goa and we will take up the issue with the state government," Mesquita said.

Flanked by local unit president Vinay Tendulkar and BJP national secretary Aarati Mehra, he added, "The BJP will never support the cafe. Such a facility will not be beneficial for Goa's culture."

Extending support to party MLA Michael Lobo, the Calangute legislator who has threatened to go on a hunger strike over the issue, Mesquita said, "We are definitely taking into consideration the objections raised by Lobo. We will talk to the government."

The Congress also expressed its reservations. All India Mahila Congress Committee president Anita Verma, in Goa for a party workshop, said tourists come to Goa for peace and such a concept would not work. Local authorities should decide on the issue, she said.

NGO Bailancho Saad has warned that it will challenge in court the permission if given to the cafe besides taking to the streets in protest.

"The brand reduces women to sex objects and perpetuates exploitation. The state cannot legalize the exploitation of women by giving the cafe permission," said Sabina Martins. She added that the brand promotes voyeurism which is a crime in the recently enacted rape law.

The swearing of affidavits that no nudity, vulgarity or exploitation will take place are meaningless as they are never adhered to. Similar assurances over offshore casino gambling when it was first permitted were not adhered to, said Martins.

Despite the strong opposition, CM Manohar Parrikar has not given a firm commitment of refusing the cafe permission, she concluded.