In a rather disturbing development, two incidents of Hindu youth being gheraoed for accompanying Muslim women have come to light. In both the incidents, the boy and girl were just social friends and did not have any other relationship. Many in the city are concerned with a growing number of such incidents, while some wonder as to why nothing happens when a Hindu girl is with a Muslim boy.
Well, two incidents occurred in Toli Chowki and Nampally recently in Hyderabad. In one incident, a Hindu boy was accompanying a Muslim girl in a burqa and was giving her a ride. He was stopped in Toli Chowki when one Rafi stopped them and started asking questions. Soon a mob gathered, and they asked the boy and girl to call their parents.
The Golconda police took immediate action after watching the video and arrested Rafi. However, they could not take others into custody. In another incident, a Hindu boy was taking along a Muslim girl on a scooter to get their certificates for salary. The boy and girl were close family friends, and the girl’s mother asked the boy to help her out. The boy and girl were stopped in Bazaar Ghat, and the boy was mobbed, given a warning, and let off. The incident would not have come to light if not for a video that surfaced on social media.
Since both the boy and girl went back to Vijayawada, where they come from, the police did take their statement and then lodged a suo moto complaint. This is the second incident in recent times, though such incidents have been reported in the past.
On September 8, a man traveling with a Muslim woman on a two-wheeler in Nizamabad was stopped and mobbed. They were going to the government hospital in Nizamabad to collect certificates so they could submit them at IIIT-Basra for their salaries. The local RSS had to intervene before the man was let off.
The police booked a case against the accused under Section 295A, 365 (kidnapping) of the IPC, Sections of the SC/ ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act were also added as the man was a Dalit.