When the Moghuls invaded India, one way that they found to humiliate the Hindu states that they conquered, was to kidnap their women. We read about Rajput women committing Jauhar to avoid being taken prisoner and raped by the invading Moghuls.

The case of Bhanwaridevi is well-known. She was a social worker in Rajasthan, working to raise awareness against the practice of child marriage. As part of her job in the villages, she tried to stop the wedding of an infant girl, less than a year old.

She was gang-raped by five men from the family of the infant. They wanted to teach her a lesson for going against their traditions.
When militancy was at a peak in Kashmir, in the early 1990s, women were targeted. The campaign to drive out the Kashmiri Pandits was going on and the militants indiscriminately abducted, tortured, raped or killed many women. Muslim women were victimized– those from families that did not support the militants- as much as Hindu women.
We see that whenever there are clashes between communities or villages, the women are sexually attacked.
The same seems to have happened at Mangalore. The “pub culture” was the target, but the women suffered.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta in his thought-provoking column in the Indian Express has put forward several reasons for the incident. They are worth reading.
But whatever the reasons, the women suffered.
Whether it is sexual assault arising out of lust or sexual attraction, whether it is a desire to punish the husband by targeting his wife, or whether it is raping the women of a rival community,
 it is the women who suffer.
They are not viewed as persons in their own right but just as objects to be utilized or destroyed at will.
Thoughts of fellow bloggers would be appreciated.