Interfaith Couple Harassed at Karnataka Restaurant; Two Arrested, Third Accused Sought


In a distressing incident that occurred on May 23 in Chikkaballapura district, Karnataka, an interfaith couple faced harassment and abuse at a local restaurant. The couple was enjoying a meal when three men approached them, targeting the woman based on her religious background. Eyewitnesses reported that the men hurled derogatory remarks at her for being with a Hindu man. The perpetrators recorded the entire ordeal and threatened to share the video online.

The situation escalated further as the accused coerced the 22-year-old woman into apologizing on camera and making a pledge not to repeat the so-called “mistake.” Additionally, the man was forced to falsely claim that everyone present was his sibling. The incident gained widespread attention after the video went viral, prompting the police to take action. Following the victim’s complaint, law enforcement successfully located the woman and apprehended two of the suspects. The arrested individuals have been identified as Wayeed, aged 20, and Saddam, aged 21, both residents of Nakkalakunte in Chikkaballapur.

However, one more individual involved, Imran, is currently being sought by authorities. This incident comes in the wake of recent criticism directed at the state police by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM D K Shivakumar. They emphasized the need for strict action against cases of moral policing and warned of consequences for the DCP and SP if such incidents were not effectively addressed. The chief minister firmly stated that moral policing would no longer be tolerated in the state. Efforts are ongoing to locate and apprehend the remaining accused while the police continue their investigation into the matter.


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