In another shocking case of moral policing, a man was stripped, tied to an electric pole and beaten. His crime? He spoke with a woman co-worker in the street who happened to be from another community.
In a shocking incident in the town of Mangalore in Karnataka, the 28-year-old man has said that he had met his woman colleague in order to give her some money on Monday evening when he was assaulted.
The victim in his police complaint said that he was in his car and the woman standing outside, when he was assaulted and was only trying to give some money to the woman, according to an Aaj Tak report.
The group also reportedly questioned the woman on why she was interacting with a man from another community.
And as if a public humiliation wasn't enough, the group that assaulted him took photos of the victim tied to the electric pole. They were then shared widely on social media.
Police sources also said that both the man and the girl work in the same supermarket located and the man has been hospitalised due to injuries sustained from the incident.
It is unclear who the group of men who assaulted him were or what political affiliations they had. Reports said that the police has detained the men in question and are conducting an investigation.
This is not the first time such an incident has taken place in Mangalore.
In March, Bajrang Dal 'activists' objected to female students traveling on a study trip. In February, the Indian Express reported that a student was reportedly abducted and assaulted by a group of men who accused him of featuring in a photograph shared on WhatsApp, which showed a man lying on the laps of fellow lady students.
In one of the moral policing incidents as recent as last week, the Kukke Sri Subrahmanyeswara College in Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday suspended two 2nd year BBM girls because of a picture of them with wine and beer bottles at a tourist spot went viral on WhatsApp, reports Times of India.
Updated Date: Aug 25, 2015 19:39 PM