Karnataka woman driven to suicide, harassed for friendship with man from different community
In the suicide note we have found that a group of men had gone to the girl’s home in the evening, confirmed police.
A degree college student living in Chikkamagaluru committed suicide after a group of men harassed her for talking to a man from a different community. A BJP Yuva Morcha worker has been arrested on charges of abetting suicide.
Dhanyashree (20) committed suicide around 10 pm on Sunday night.
Police officials in Mudigere recovered a suicide note at the home of the victim which alleges that a group of five men questioned her friendship with a person from another community.
“In the suicide note we have found that a group of men had gone to the girl’s home in the evening and got into a fight with the girl and the girl’s mother. They accused her of roaming with a person from another community thereby creating issues of love jihad, ” said K Annamalai, Superintendent of Police, Chikkamagaluru.
Trouble started when Dhanyasree chatted with a friend of hers. The friend, Santosh, questioned her over her friendship and she replied saying 'I love Muslims'. A screenshot of this reply was widely circulated among groups in the district, especially Sangh Parivar groups.
The police have also identified a photograph of the woman with the man that was circulated on social media and are looking to question everyone who has passed comments about it. “There was a photo in which the girl is with a boy from another community and a lot of people have circulated this photo creating aspersions on the girl so we are also trying to find whoever has sent the photo to this girl by making any comment which would have hurt her to take this extreme step,” said Annamalai.
We are getting deep into social media accounts to try to understand whether anybody from outside has given some kind of comments or a threat from outside,” said Annamalai.
“We have arrested one guy named Anil and we are searching for four others,” said Annamalai. “Any person who we think has played a part in this girl committing suicide, we will make sure that they face the law,” added Annamalai.