Mangalore, where a Muslim cannot interact with a Hindu

Published: August 27, 2015

Currently, the future of Mangalore seems dreary and depressing. PHOTO: HINDUSTAN TIMES

The torturing, beating, and stripping of a young Muslim man by a mob of vandals connected to the Bajrang Dal faction in the heart of the city, and that even in broad daylight amidst impotent onlookers gathered to witness a gruesome act of violence, has once again put Mangalore in the national headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The man was tied to an electrical pole, stripped naked, abused, and thrashed in public for the alleged ‘crime’ of interacting with his female friend, who happened to belong to the Hindu community. This happened at a time when India is demanding liberty and equality and effectively fighting to curb sexual violence against women.

Mangalore seems to have fallen into a deep slumber. Anybody can fall prey to the fury of a mob and nobody is safe unless and until law enforcement agencies tackle these issues. Currently, the future of Mangalore seems dreary and depressing.

Moral policing is nothing new in Mangalore; this sort of hooliganism has become routine and the state and its police haven’t had the guts and the willingness to put an end to it. It seems as if the people of the state have more power than those in official positions. Needless to say, the regions of Mangalore and Udupi have very little to boast about. Although they brag about its literacy levels, the regions stand religiously divided, women feel increasingly unsafe, and societies have fallen to superstition and orthodoxy and therefore are spineless when it comes to dealing with injustice and social evils.

Hundreds of bars and wine shops have mushroomed all over the city, allowing easy access to thousands of individuals to get inebriated. By evening, our streets have a strong stench of liquor; half of the male crowd is visibly found intoxicated thanks to cheap liquor, ganja, and other forms of drugs. What follows is rash driving, hurling verbal abuses, street fights, and rampant acts of crime, which leaves the city in a state of chaos.

It’s become a huge challenge going out at night as the city is unguarded. The number of road accidents and the causalities relating to those accidents furthermore supports the above mentioned points. Unfortunately, nobody bothers to raise this critical issue. Moreover, people have become heavily self-indulgent and egoistic, those in the position to help are never seen around and traditional Mangalorean courtesy has eroded over a period of time.

Modern gadgets have become somewhat of a nuisance since they have fallen into the hands of those who sensationalise every little issue. Rather than technology having a positive effect, it’s become increasingly negative, as people use them for spreading false rumours. The brave Delhi student, Jasleen, used social media in the correct way when a few days ago she named and shamed her assaulter. That’s how social media needs to be used, rather than glorifying instances which don’t deserve to be on the forefront.

A couple of years ago, several girls were thrashed, dragged, and humiliated by saffron mobsters at a homestay resort attending a party. Such a horrifying incident warranted immediate action, yet only a few civil rights groups and political organisations protested for a few weeks, yet the issue dissipated within a few weeks.

Our state police needs dire revamping and reconditioning in terms of functioning. It does not have the machinery required to reach out to the civil society, therefore the gap of communication between civilians and the state police is extremely blurred.

The police need to realise that there are different approaches of dealing with criminals and civilians. Unfortunately, the police have muddled the two while dealing with people, thereby creating a legitimate fear amongst the people regarding credibility of the police. Most people hesitate approaching the police when it comes to serious matters due to the highly unpredictable and nonchalant behaviour of police officers.

In cases relating to moral policing and violence against couples, one needs to be cautious while pointing fingers and should avoid a selective position. Both Hindu and Muslim right-wing gangs, such as Bajrang Dal and the Student Islamic Movement of India and their offshoots, have been actively perpetuating such ghastly acts over the past decade or so.

Earlier, these groups used to combat against each other to settle their grudges, but in recent times, they have extended their gang wars and invaded the privacy of the common man. These groups have openly sworn that they won’t allow their women to interact or acquaint themselves with men belonging to the opposite community. In financial terms, they have illegally and unjustly purchased the shares of rights belonging to women and hold the reins of their fate in their hands.

It’s high time someone in the upper echelons takes note of these instances before Mangalore turns into a state which is run by gangs rather than the police.

Chris Dsouza

Chris Dsouza

A Finance graduate from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore. Chris is the co-founder of 'Society of Free Thinkers' based in Bangalore, India. He tweets @Chrisduzzo.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Tight Patloon

    fake news.this guy was a harassing the girl, the girl asked for help and he was beaten. Later it was known that this man was muslim.Recommend

  • Asad

    yeah, right…. nothing wrong ever happens in IndiaRecommend

  • wb

    I don’t think so. Do you have a link to this real news?Recommend

  • Shahid Bashir

    YES, you are right Tight Patloon; but you forgot to also brand him as a Pakistani muslim terrorist sent by ISI ??? Right ???Recommend

  • Headstrong

    Typical click-bait headline. This incident is probably reflective of the obnoxious moral policing brigade – and has happened, and been exposed, in the past as well. These groups, including Mutalik and his brand of hooligans, have targeted couples of all hues and religion, citing morality. Why bring in a religious angle?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    It happens everywhere.
    Why so much hullabalooRecommend

  • rationalising argument.

    the girl has filed FIR against this pervert.Recommend

  • rationalising argument.

    go and read the news in daijiworld. the girl has filed FIR against this muslim pervert.Recommend

  • Elbot

    search times of india, hindu or indian express.

    the boy was caught eve teasing and beaten!!Recommend

  • JackZFlipper

    Maybe spend time fixing your country instead of discussing what is happening in an upcoming Hindu world power. So glad partition happened. So glad.Recommend

  • mimran

    hahahahahaha.. india, hindu or indian express.

    the most credible indian news source.


  • anil

    First I do not believe that that man was bashed because of only talking to girl . That guy must be a pervert and must be seeking for a young girl for 4th or 5th wife.Then secondly , We don’t want Hindu girls not to talk or befriend any muslims. Because Muslim men force their women to wear burka . They won’t give them freedom for education or job and make them a child producing factory . They will also convert them before marriage . We gladly allow our girls to marry any non-muslims, Be it Sikh or Christian as they have become educated and not-ultraconservative. It is a matter of status and honor in the society .

    Muslims are meant for only terrorism, anti-social activities and following stone-age practises . We are Hindus, our people have become CEOs of Microsoft and Google and We want our daughters and sisters not to have a relation with these uncultued people.Recommend

  • san

    incidences of harassing a hindu girl by muslims has been increased lately.This needs to be addressed in a proper way.Recommend

  • Critical

    Here is the link for the actual news….The media was quick to jump guns because he was a muslim,the same way,they jumped gun for Jasleen Kaur because she was a woman

  • Critical

    Check this news..The girl had filed an FIR against this boy….Now what,you will claim that the girl was an RSS agent who was paid by Modi to defame Muslims???

  • Critical

    I was expecting a blog in ET about this news by some Pakistani with catchy clickbait title…

    Didnt expect an article from someone who is living in Mangalore about a news which is dodgy at the best as there is a different version to the story…I wish you waited for a week or so till you had all the facts before writing about “discriminated” muslims in India and ask pakistan to open borders for them…

    It was a clear case of vigilante justice meted to an eve teaser and it was later found out to be a Muslim..But you decide to make it a hit job for cheap publicity…Thankfully ET allows people to comment so that the truth gets revealed in the end…

  • Milind A

    Nothing surprising… Throughout history Muslims have been kidnapping Hindu or non-Muslim women, claiming religious sanction. The practice of sati was due to the same. The latest one in Nigeria by Boko Haram or abductions & conversions in Pakistan is an example.Recommend

  • Milind A

    What’s the use in branding? All , whether Pakistanis, Boko Haram, ISIS etc are the same…Recommend

  • Jamor

    Its evident that the girl changed her story under coercion from the Bajrangis.This guy according to the girls statement was stalking her and had previously molested her when he gave her a car lift.Now which girl in her right mind will accept a car lift from the same molester.She also says that she did not know that the man was beaten and only came to know about it the next day from media reports.The video shows her being present during the beating and covering her face.News reports also say that she was also slappedRecommend

  • Jamor video of the girl can be seen here.Some comments state that it is not the same girl.Judge for yourselfRecommend

  • SatyaMevaJayate
  • hp kumar

    you musim and xtians should mind your own business…we have not elected modi to simply sit and watch the show…When we r not looking for your girls,then why do you guys always go after hindu girls and finally convert them.This cant be tolerated for long..take your conversion business somewhere else pl ..thanksRecommend

  • Azam Rehman

    lol just dont give a crap to indian girls thats allRecommend

  • Aether Skyle

    I have never, in all my life, come across such a dense, dimwitted comment. Your ignorance reflects plainly in your professions of a ‘Hindu world power’. If this is what Indian mindset is then I agree, Sir. Partition was necessary.Recommend

  • Aether Skyle

    Oh, forgive us we didn’t know all of India’s news resources were unreliable. No wonder you look to the Express Tribune..Recommend

  • Aether Skyle

    Kindly either issue a link before so confidently stating such a blatant untruth or refrain from making one.Recommend

  • Cancelled Indian trip..

    No she has not. If somehow some perpetrator did file
    an FIR it was under duress, by the Mangalore thugs.
    Either file an FIR or we will kill you or your family.
    What can you expect from a deteriorating society? The
    Rape Capital of the world.? Since Modi, India has gone
    down a very slippery slope. Extremism, jingoism and Hindu
    Wahabism are rampant. Indeed, it is an ugly Indian face
    no one has seen before. As they say, Mother India has died.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan

    They both worked a the same place and the guy never harassed her. To all you lying Indians, here what happened:

    But local police officials who spoke to the IBTimes UK say Shakir was
    merely talking to the girl, who works in the same grocery store as him,
    outside a cash machine. While seeing the pair transacting a purported
    loan, a group of about 20 men rushed toward them and started thrashing

    Full article link to IBT:

  • Lakhkar Khan
  • M. Shahbaz Khan

    Good thing; but why beat him up? And moreover by a gang of fundamentalists? Don’t people in India trust the legal process?Recommend

  • Shiv

    Well, Indians can’t just be magnificent like the Pakistanis. As Muslims only we have the right to hate.Recommend

  • AsokFC

    This incident is condemnable, I agree, but where, may I ask, can a Hindu man freely interact with a Muslim woman in public?Recommend

  • Salim Alvi
  • Kasturi K

    Wow! India exposed right from the horse’s mouth. Now the angels, Devta, Devian, Dasian will rush forward to refute it.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    try Hindustan Times also. It gives some other version.Recommend

  • Kasturi K

    Read this on the website under the headline.
    Muslim man in Mangalore stripped and flogged
    Sudipto Mondal, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru|
    Updated: Aug 25, 2015 17:20 ISTRecommend

  • Kasturi K

    The press conference done by the girl the next day after the incident is full of contradictions and sounds hollow. She says ‘I’m poor’ and in the next sentence she says’ I’m not that poor.’ Uptil now 13 people have been arrested, the main culprit being Kishan, who is absconding. The beaten up man is not under arrest.Recommend

  • dronachary

    The title makes it sounds as if the law of the land says so. Dear ET editor, Manglore is a city in India not a village in Pakistan where such diktat works. It is secular no matter how hard you try to show the corner cases as this one as a Hindu extremism. Manglore has many Hindu – Muslim couples and such couples exist in almost every city in India.
    Agree there are incidents where religiously bend idiots do create unnecessary ruckus. But then again the justice in India makes sure they get punished.
    But well whatever stimulates your small pride and big ego.Recommend

  • Gurion

    She formally filed a police complaint, with evidence of harassing messages from him.Recommend

  • Ahmad, Zubaid

    Why would anyone go after a Indian female when there are much more beautiful girls in Turkey and LebanonRecommend

  • mimi sur

    You have hit bull’s eye . Parents allow their daughters to marry educated and successful men, No body wants to give their daughters to uneducated and ultraconservative men.Recommend

  • hammurabi

    17 crore muslims are not so weak. Hindus dare not beat a muslim.Hindus are not a fighter nation: muslims are.Recommend

  • Khalid Masood

    Hindus are most NARROW MINDED nation on the Globe…. they feel much powerful after Modi’s entry in the game of power..
    I feel the Begging of the End of India has commenced……Recommend

  • wb

    And who’s begging? Recommend

  • Harristarr McLennon

    Definitely not India, they will beat the woman tooRecommend

  • Milind A

    Yeah…. we saw your fighter nation in 2001.. A call from Bush & Richard Armitage (We’ll bomb you to stone age), had you guys chicken out, do a U-turn and join America’s war on terror.Recommend

  • Nana

    are you talking about your Muslim country men? Very bad,vary bad. They shouldn’t behave like that. They should have only one wife, innumerable extra marital affairs can be had, Indian society doesn’t mind that as is obvious from their films and dramas.Recommend

  • abhi

    yes and tell this to all your brothers.Recommend

  • abhi

    Yes, what the world has come to. Even in Arabia when pious muslims under the banner of ISIS are trying to protect women from other religion the whole world is making noise! It is pathetic.Recommend

  • fze

    who said that ISIS are pious people? They are pyshcos sir, hiding behind religion and deserve to be eliminated. No one likes them that’s why they couldn’t find a foot hold in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Don’t stereotype Muslims.Recommend

  • jack night

    Haha you can’t even stop drone missiles in your backyard. What are you Muslims going to fight Hindus?Recommend

  • jack night

    [email protected] don’t understand face.Recommend

  • Someone

    Let us know if you know any Hindu alive in Pakistan with a Muslim girl friend.Recommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    Why bring Pakistan into this. This is about secular IndiaRecommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    Please do not generalise all Hindus. By doing this you give them the right to generalise all Muslims which is wrong.Recommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    Isn’t this blog written by an Indian from Mangalore?Recommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    Really. Wow. I didn’t that I, a female Muslim Pakistani, an MBA from a reputed University in Karachi, working for an MNC, having friends from different religions and cultures is the same as ISIS and Boko Haram. Thank you for letting me knowRecommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    LOL. Good oneRecommend

  • Hamidah Fawad

    LOL. Good oneRecommend