Moral Police stalking girls in Kasargod

via Express News Service published on February 9, 2012

KASARGOD : Kasargod is being steadily ‘talibanised’ as Muslim girls are warned against talking to boys of other religions.

A student studying at the LBS Engineering College here was severely beaten up on Saturday night when he came to the railway station to see off a classmate of his, a Muslim girl, who was to attend an interview in Ernakulam for her final year project work.

The boy, who had tea at a restaurant near the mofussil bus stand along with the girl, was followed by nearly 50 youths in motorbikes to the railway station where he was abducted. He was severely beaten up at an undisclosed place and was later let off.

The girl was questioned by the 50-member gang who did not allow her to board the train. When the railway police and some passengers interrupted, they attacked the passengers also. However, when more policemen arrived the youths ran away from the scene. The girl was then sent to Ernakulam in another train.

A few days ago, a youth was abducted from the venue of the Kasargod Mahotsav and was severely assaulted for talking to a Muslim girl. A man who directed a Muslim woman to the KSRTC bus stand was also severely beaten up.

In yet another incident, two youths who came in a motorbike questioned a Muslim girl as she was walking along with her father.
According to sources, youths are moving about in motorbikes and frequenting restaurants, hospitals, bus stands and railway station to find out whether Muslim girls are talking to boys of other religions.

Sources also said that the activists of the Indian Union Muslim League and the NDF were jointly planning the moral policing in Kasargod. It is alleged that the police took no action though the victims lodged complaints.

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