Maharashtra Home minister R R Patil has asked police to ensure that woman devotees are not harassed during the festivities.
The command came after a video of alleged mis-behaviour with some women at a famous Ganesh pandal sparked controversy in Mumbai.
The video showing a member of Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh pandal allegedly shoving away woman devotees has gone viral on social media websites, evoking sharp reactions.
Maharashtra: RR Patil asks police to ensure women's safety in pandals
The Home minister on Monday directed Additional Commissioner of Police Pravin Salunkhe to ask Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh pandal members to ensure that devotees coming for blessings are not humiliated.
"I have directed the police to ask the Lalbaugh Ganesh pandal not to humiliate devotees. Care should also be taken that pandal workers do not misbehave with woman devotees," Patil told reporters in Mumbai.
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