The self-styled custodians of morality who went on rampage on one pretext or the other in the town of Mangalore in Karnataka, did it again, albeit outrageously. A man was stripped, tied to an electric pole and bashed up severely . His crime? He spoke with a woman co-worker in the street who happened to be from another community.
In a shocking incident, 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 by a group of moral police.
The hassled man 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.
The group also reportedly posed questions to the woman on why she was talking with a man from another community.
The group of moral police went a step ahead in humiliating the man. They took photos of the victim tied to the electric pole and went viral on social media.
It is unclear who the group of men who assaulted him were or what political affiliations they had. Reports said that the police have 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, 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, a 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.