In a state where Muslims and Christians and competing with one another to damn the proposed anti-conversion bill, police in Surathkal of Mangaluru, Karnataka, arrested a 49-year-old Muslim man on 26 December for allegedly sexually harassing a 27-year-old Christian woman after her mother sought the help of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), citing alleged police inaction.
The Muslim man is Mohammed Sharief Siddique, a resident of Chokkabettu.
While most non-Hindus have no love lost for the Sangh Parivar, the Christian woman in distress had earlier written a letter to the VHP seeking their intervention and stated that the police and her community leaders were not helping her.
After the letter went viral on social media, police in Surathkal registered a case under Sections 354 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and arrested Siddique. City police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said that the court sent the Muslim man to 14 days of judicial custody.
The victim’s mother said that Siddique had been sexually harassing her daughter for four years.
A police officer said that the Muslim man was forcing sedatives on the victim. The victim’s mother had earlier complained to police at the Mangaluru south and Urwa stations, but both failed to act on it, which led to her seeking the VHP’s help, the police officer added.