Muslim man stripped for accompanying Hindu womanAugust 25, 2015 17:29
A Muslim man, who tried to help a Hindu woman colleague, was stripped nude and was tied to a pole and beaten up by the suspected Bajrang Dal activists.
An accessories store manager in Mangalore accompanied a Hindu woman colleague to the ATM, upon her asking Rs.2000 as a loan. When they are on the way to ATM, the duo is then attacked by a gang of men, who are armed with knives and staves.
They slapped the woman for supporting her manager, and later left her with less harm. But the man was brutally harassed by them, stripping nude at a public place, for more than an hour and beaten by severely.
Within a short time, the issue went to the media and telecasted the video. Upon knowing the incident from the TV, the policemen rushed to the spot and arrested 14 of around 30 suspected Bajrang Dal activists.
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The incidents like these are not new to the city. In the past, several activists such as the Bajrang Dal, Sri Rama Sena, Hindu Jagarana Vedika and the Islamist group, Popular Front of India, have been reported to be involved in the similar activists in Mangalore, Udupi, Honnavar, Bhatkal and Karwar over the past decade.
A few of the critics say that, it is the BJP government who encouraged the Hindutva groups to commit such crimes, when it was in power in Karnataka state, during 2008 to 2013. On the other side, the statistics prove that, there is no such change in attacks, even after the Congress party formed the government.