Dakshina Kannada witnesses increase in ‘moral policing’ incidents ( The Hindu)

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Steady increase of cases of moral policing in Dakshina Kannada is tending to create wedge among communities in the district. | Photo Credit: File photo

Just a few days for 2022 to get over, and so far, Dakshina Kannada district has witnessed an increase in the number of communal incidents especially those of ‘moral policing’. The district had reported at least six such incidents in the past two months alone, in which police had registered cases.

Several incidents reported

A 27-year-old Muslim youth was dragged out of a private bus at Naguri in the city on October 21 and beaten up for travelling with a Hindu woman. Later on November 24, a Muslim college student was forced to alight from a private bus and assaulted at Nanthoor in the city for travelling with a Hindu girl. It was followed by an assault on a Muslim employee for being close with a fellow Hindu colleague at a jewellery shop in Kankanady on December 6.

The next day, a Muslim youth was assaulted for accompanying a girl from his own community to a theatre to watch ‘Kantara’ movie in Sullia. Further, two young Muslim fishermen were assaulted for moving with two Hindu girls in Kottara Chowki in the city on December 10. Later on December 15, four activists stopped a Bengaluru bound private bus in Mani, near Kalladkka, after learning about a Hindu girl travelling with a Muslim boy and created a ruckus. Police registered a suo moto case in Mani incident.

“These are the acts of fundamentalist forces to create wedge among communities. It is being encashed by political parties,” said Suhail Kandak, the former State General Secretary of the Indian National Youth Congress.

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