Karnataka girls 'warned' on ties with men of other faiths
Jan 10 2018 by Johnny Bowman
In her suicide note she wrote that a group of 5 harassed her and her mother by alleging that she goes out with a Muslim boy.
The 20-year-old woman hung herself after right-wingers allegedly harassed her for having connection with a Muslim man from her college.
Police authorities have also said that whoever has "criticised the woman, whether on Facebook or WhatsApp, would be arrested".
The Karnataka Police on Monday arrested a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha - the BJP's youth wing - from the Mudigere region of the state's Chikmagalur district for allegedly harassing a 20-year-old woman, who committed suicide on January 6, The Hindu reported. She replies: "But I love Muslims".
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While the police initially registered a suicide case, their investigation was later widened following reports regarding the role of social media in her death. While her photo was being circulated on social media platforms, many people started commenting on it and expressed their disagreement over her friendship with a man from the different community.
India has witnessed growing Hindu-Muslim tensions in recent years over what Hindu hardliners term "love jihad" - where they accuse Muslim men of participating in a "conspiracy to turn Hindu women from their religion by seducing them".
K Annamalai, a police officer in Chikmagalur district, told BBC that there was a suicide note left behind by the victim. "Any person who we think has played a part in this girl committing suicide, we will make sure that they face the law". The deceased Dhanyashree, a first year B.Com. student was allegedly harassed by Bajrang Dal and BJYM activists after she said that she liked Muslims on a WhatsApp group. "We have taken the case seriously and our teams are working to arrest the accused".
The police later recovered the girl's phone and found out that her picture along with the Muslim man had been widely circulated on social media by Hindu fringe elements. Please don't call it moral policing.