India: Youth attacked for befriending Muslim girl

A local court on Thursday granted bail to Yogish (29), a resident of Uppinangady who was reportedly assaulted by a vigilante mob on Monday, for fraternising with a teenage Muslim girl. 

Mr. Yogesh was charged with “outraging the modesty” of the girl under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code. The court granted bail to four persons who were part of the mob that allegedly assaulted Mr. Yogish, and charged under Sections 146 (rioting) and 295-A (outraging/insulting a religious class). They have been identified as Mansoor, Noor Ahmed, Anees and Iliyas.

Speaking to The Hindu after his release from the government hospital where he was treated under judicial custody, Mr. Yogish said that he had been falsely charged in the case. He said that he was attacked only because he had befriended a Muslim girl.

“I have known the girl for a few weeks now. She lives in my neighbourhood and we were just friends. All we would do is wave out to each other and say ‘hello’ whenever we met,” he said.

According to him, these “innocent gestures” were construed to be something else by fundamentalists in the area.

via The Hindu : Karnataka / Mangalore News : Youth attacked for befriending girl.

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