Karnataka's Mangaluru district is no stranger to moral policing - images of the attack by the Sri Ram Sene on women in a pub are still vivid memories.
However, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said people have no authority to make such a decision.
"The Bajrang Dal and other people have no authority to say this. Every year they say like this. They have no right," he said.
A show by actress Sunny Leone on New Year's Eve was earlier called off in Bengaluru after protests by Kannada Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene which said Sunny's presence would be an assault on what they considered to be "Indian culture".
The Bengaluru police insisted that they were only denying permission because they felt law and order might become an issue.
Sunny Leone herself had tweeted that she would not be coming for the event as police had said they could not guarantee her safety of the safety of those attending.
Since the police of Bangalore have publicly said that they will not be able to ensure mine & all who attend safety for my New Years event,my team & I feel,safety of the people should always come first therefore I cannot attend.God bless & I wish everyone a safe & happy New Year!— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) December 19, 2017
Last year, reports of mass molestation in the city's Mahatma Gandhi Road area had surfaced and police are taking extra care this year. But Sunny's event seemed to be the only event not given permission.
It really does seem to be New Year ...old attitudes.
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