Mangaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday, while commenting on the increasing number of moral policing incidents in Dakshina Kannada district, stated that it was natural for people to react in a certain way when their sentiments are hurt.

He added that there will be actions and reactions when there is no reality left in the society.

Speaking at Mangaluru International Airport after arriving in the city on Wednesday, Bommai said “The incidents of immoral policing happening in Dakshina Kannada district are very delicate. It is natural to see reactions for actions which are linked to sentimental issues."

“All of us have certain responsibilities in the society. There are various sentiments in society. We have to conduct ourselves in a manner that these sentiments are not hurt. When these sentiments are hurt, it is natural to see action and reaction. It is the government’s duty to safeguard harmony”, he added. 

"We cannot afford to live without morality. All our relations, peace and order depends on morality. When there is no morality, reactions to actions are ought to happen" he further stated.

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Hong Kong, Oct 25: Amnesty International said Monday it would close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease its operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city.

The human rights group said its local office in Hong Kong would close this month while its regional office will close by the end of the year, with regional operations moved to other offices in the Asia-Pacific region.

This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong's national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty's board, said in a statement.

Hong Kong implemented a sweeping national security law in 2020 following months of massive anti-government protests. The law outlaws secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city's affairs. More than 120 people, many of them supporters of the city's democracy movement, have been arrested under the law.

The majority of the city's prominent pro-democracy activists are behind bars for taking part in unauthorized assemblies, and dozens of political organizations and trade unions have ceased operations out of concern for their members' personal safety under the security law.

Bais said the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signaled authorities were intensifying their campaign to rid the city of dissenting voices. It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment, she said.

Critics in Hong Kong say the national security law is an erosion of freedoms, such as those of expression and assembly, that were promised the city for 50 years when the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.