In Karnataka's communal hotbed Mangaluru, another case of moral policing has surfaced. A message showing a Muslim man in a group picture that also includes a Hindu girl was being circulated in Whatsapp groups. The message also asked all Hindu groups to act against him if seen with a Hindu girl.
The message mentioned of a man named Hanja Kinya and also mentioned details of him. He is allegedly an umpire at the Amateur Kabaddi Association. The message further stated that he was seen driving on a bike with a Hindu girl. The message further urged all Hindu groups to give him a 'befitting reply' if he is seen with any Hindu girl again.
The message was circulated in groups like Jai Hindustan, Jai Shri Ram, Jai Bhajarang Bali, Kasaragodu Hindugalu, Shri Krishna Mukhyaprana among others.
However, the girl in the photo, Madhuri Bolar, has given a written complaint to the Mangaluru Police Commissioner stating that the picture was taken from her Facebook profile without her permission and used to create an atmosphere of communal tension. She was also accompanied by her mother Bharati Bolar.
In the letter, she mentioned of the mental agony she and her friend had to face from fringe groups and society. She has urged the cops to take strict action against the 'moral police' brigade for the harassment she had to go through at their hands.
Her actions against the moral police brigade have been lauded by many. Beedi Workers' Association members have promised to stand by her in her fight against such fringe groups.
Dhanyashree, a degree student from Mudigere had committed suicide at her house in Mudigere, Chikkamagalur, Karnataka, on January 6 owing to moral policing.