Watch: Muslim man stripped, beaten for talking to Hindu woman in Mangalore
A Muslim man was stripped, tied to a pole and brutally thrashed at a crowded marketplace for allegedly speaking to a Hindu woman in Mangalore. The man is the manager of an accessories store in Mangalore and the woman works in the same store as a salesgirl. Policemen reached the spot after local cable television channels began beaming visuals of the man and arrested 14 of around 30 suspected Bajrang Dal activists who were taking turns to flog him. According to the man's complaint to police, the woman had asked him for a loan of Rs. 2,000. They were on their way to an ATM so that he could withdraw cash when a gang of men armed with knives and staves accosted them, the man said. Several brazen attacks involving groups such as the Bajrang Dal, Sri Rama Sene, Hindu Jagarana Vedike and the Islamist group, Popular Front of India, have been reported in the coastal towns of Mangalore, Udupi, Honnavar, Bhatkal and Karwar over the past decade.