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There may be rising anger in India towards harassment of girls

A Hindu lady has killed herself after dealing with harassment over her friendship with a Muslim man within the southern Indian state of Karnataka, police say.

She instructed a pal on WhatsApp that she liked Muslims after being questioned over her friendship with the person.

Police mentioned screenshots of this change have been shared on social media.

5 folks from Hindu hardline teams additionally visited her home on Saturday to warn her dad and mom, police say. The 20-year-old killed herself the identical day.

The police initially registered a case of suicide, however widened their investigation after reviews in regards to the function of social media in her dying began to emerge on Monday.

Okay Annamalai, a senior police officer Chikkamagaluru district, instructed the BBC that the lady had left a suicide be aware.

“She has talked about that there was a photograph of her with a person from one other non secular group. Individuals began commenting about it and solid aspersions on her character,” he mentioned.

He added that he killed herself after 5 individuals went to her home and “complained to her mom that she was in love with a Muslim man.”

He added that the police had arrested one particular person, and have been looking for others.

BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi, who has seen the screenshots, mentioned her WhatsApp messages have been shortly shared within the district.

Within the messages, she is suggested to not get “concerned” with a person from one other religion. She replies: “However I really like Muslims.”

She provides that she does not discover something fallacious in being “related” with members of any non secular group.

Mr Annamalai mentioned “whoever has criticised the lady, whether or not on Fb or WhatsApp, could be arrested”.

“We imagine it quantities to harassment as a consequence of which a younger life has been misplaced. We’re taking this case significantly as a result of it wasn’t her fault,” he added.

Lately, India has witnessed Hindu-Muslim tensions over what has come to be generally known as “love jihad”.

The time period has been popularised by radical Hindu fringe teams, who accuse Muslim males of taking part in a “conspiracy to show Hindu ladies from their faith by seducing them”.

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