MANGALORE: A Muslim man was stripped, tied to a pole and beaten by a mob in Karnataka’s Mangalore, allegedly for speaking to his Hindu colleague.
The 29-year-old man was in his car with the woman on Monday evening when he was surrounded and attacked by the mob.
The attackers thrashed the man, stripped him and paraded him through the crowded market area before tying him to an electricity pole. The images were circulated on WhatsApp. The beating continued for nearly an hour. The police arrived when the visuals were flashed on local cable channels.
The man and the woman both work at a mall. He told the police that he was attacked when he was on his way to an ATM to withdraw money for the girl, who had asked for a loan.
The mob allegedly also humiliated the girl when she tried to intervene.
The Bajrang Dal is a rightwing Hindu outfit affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP.
Mangalore, a city familiar with religious polarization, has seen many moral policing incidents in the past. In 2009, activists of the notorious Sri Ram Sene group stormed a pub, dragged women by their hair and slapped them, accusing them of denigrating their culture.