Magalore: In a tragic fallout of moral policing in the city, a teenaged girl allegedly committed suicide after suspected Sangh Parivar activists publicly humiliated the girl for being friendly with a Muslim boy and handed both of them to police.
Sixteen year old Ashwini, a student of class ninth at the Aikala High School in Kinnigoli, along with her friend Mahadevi had gone to Maroor near Moodabidri in a bus to meet Saleem, a conductor-cum owner of the bus on Tuesday afternoon. A group of suspected Sangh Parivar activists stopped the bus and took the three to Maroor police station. Police then called Ashwini’s parents and handed her over to them. Unable to bear the humiliation, the girl committed suicide by hanging herself at her house on Wednesday night, police said.
However, on the complaint of the girl’s father, a case has been registered against Saleem under Section 376 and 305 of the IPC for luring and raping the girl, police said. The case come close on the heels of the kidnap of the daughter of a Kerala CPI-M MLA, who was dragged out of a bus while she was talking to her male friend, who belonged to a minority community.
Thursday, 12 February , 2009, SIFY