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My dear Mad-raasas and raasaathis!
Well, I still prefer Madras to Chennai.
Got this huge debate in my workplace after me and a friend wrote about the dark side of the night life in this not so sleepy city, post the Stephanie incident.
Well, some of the women believe that the story indulges in moral policing. That was not the intention of the piece at all. But yes, me and Mani both of us do believe that it is not appropriate for anyone below 18 to drink. The women, however, argue that even at 15 or 16, you do know what you are doing and are well aware of the consequences, be it drinking or sex.
Yes, it is all cool to make such seemingly politically correct and activist statements but can you handle it if a little girl you know very well, is getting drunk in the company of her friends, men or women? Now, how comfortable will you be if she has just her boyfriend for company, privacy of his car or home and the excuse that “We were drunk, we didn’t know what we were doing?”
Is it really okay for boys and girls below 18 to be allowed inside our nightclubs?
The police and the government do not think so.
The clubs were shut down early on Saturday night. The managers are asking just one question: Was it drinking that killed Stephanie or was it drunken driving?