Harassed by moral police, 20-year-old woman hangs self in Karnataka

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The Superintendent of Police of Chickmagalur said that under IPC 306 a case was booked in Mudigere town police station.

Based on the mother's complaint, Chikmagalur police arrested local BJYM leader Anil Raj and are now on the lookout for other activists mentioned in the complaint.

Dhanyashree killed herself around 10 pm on Sunday night. In her suicide note she wrote that a group of 5 harassed her and her mother by alleging that she goes out with a Muslim boy. "The group had accused her of roaming with a Muslim man, and thereby, paving the way for "love jihad". They also allegedly accused her of being friends with a Muslim man. Telling Suvarna to "control" her daughter, Santosh allegedly warned her that "embarrassing pictures" of Dhanyashree would be posted on social media.

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Dhanyashree, in a private chat with her friend, had spoken about communal incidents and how hatred in the name of caste and religion was futile, In response to a question posed by her friend, identified as Santosh, the woman had replied that she "loved Muslims".

Santosh reportedly made several calls, and even spoke to Suvarna on one occasion.

According to media reports, Dhanyashree, a first-year student of B.Com, was hounded by youth activists affiliated with organisations such as the Bajrang Dal and the BJYM after she supposedly said on a WhatsApp group that she had a liking for people hailing from the Muslim community.

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Although the police initially deemed the death a suicide, authorities are now exploring the role of social media amid their investigation.

According to Suvarna, a group of men, who identified themselves as Bajrang Dal activists, visited their home the next day and threatened to defame her daughter.

The Hindu report added that the police have also recovered the woman's phone. "She has mentioned that there was a photo of her with a man from another religious community".

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The SP said that the police will arrest all those who harassed the victim orally or through social media. We are taking this case seriously and have already formed two teams one under the Mudigere sub inspector and Mudigere inspector.

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