(Vinobha K T, TNN )
MANGALORE: Moral policing is back in the region, a couple of days after home minister KJ George promised to make the coastal city free from the menace.
A Muslim youth, talking to a girl of another community in a car, was assaulted allegedly by five youths near the Idya branch of State Bank of India in Surathkal on Thursday.
Shihabuddin, 22, a resident of Jokatte in Surathkal, said in his complaint that he was assaulted for no reason. “I was speaking to a girl I had met a year ago. We’re close to each other.”
Mokshith, Santhosh, Deepak, Baba and Lakshmikanth, residents of Idya and surrounding areas, have been arrested. They allegedly belong to a fringe group. Cases were booked under Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and Section 506 (criminal intimidation). All the accused were released on bail.
During his recent visit to Mangalore, the home minister had said the government will not allow anyone to take the law into their hands. He had also said “the term ‘moral policing’ does not exist in the Karnataka Police Act. Police officials will be held responsible if any type of such incidents happen in the coastal districts.”