Bengaluru: Thousif, a 26-year-old man, was caught while flashing his private part near a women’s hostel in Ramanagara. He was severely beaten up by the public before being handed over to the police.

However, relatives of Thousif defended him saying that he was mentally challenged and was relieving himself near the hostel when the police caught him and assaulted him.

According to police, Thousif was found removing his clothes and roaming about near the hostel in Yarab Nagar on May 5. Some passersby rebuked him and asked him about why  he was seen lurking around near the hostel for three to four days. Thousif was allegedly rude to the men who questioned him. Angered by this, the men beat him up before handing him over to the police.

Thousif was rushed to the hospital. His family alleged police brutality and claimed that he was mentally challenged. However, a senior police officer said that Thousif’s family started playing the victim card on learning that he had a police case on him.

Ramanagara police inspector said that a case of sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of women have been taken up. He also added that the police are considering filing a case against the men, who attacked Thousif.