Muslim student physically assaulted for befriending Hindu girl in Karnataka, 9 held

Karnataka: Police in Karnataka have arrested nine Hindu students in connection with a physical assault of a Muslim student for developing a friendship with a Hindu girl in Sullia, news agency IANS reported quoting police. Sullia falls under the police jurisdiction of Dakshina Kannada district.

The report identifying the victim as Mohammad Sanif, 19-year-old student of First Grade College at Sullia, said he was beaten up by a group of Hindu students on August 30 for being friends with a Hindu girl student.

Sanif, a resident of Jalsoor Village, was talking to his Hindu friend. The accused did not like Sanif talking to a Hindu girl and took him to the college playground. The accused had pulled the shirt of the victim and assaulted him with a wooden log.

The accused questioned him why he was talking to a Hindu girl and threatened him that he won’t be spared if he continued to talk to her. The news agency report added that the victim was also pushed to the ground and kicked.

Quoting police, the report said the victim had informed the matter to his family members who lodged a police complaint in this regard. Sanif is being treated at the Sullia Government hospital.

The report said police have arrested five students for assaulting Sanif and four students for supporting the assault. The photos of the assault have gone viral on social media and created public outrage. Police have taken up further investigations, the report added.


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