A mob of Hindutva vigilantes barged into a home in Karnataka’s Tumakuru and tried to prevent a Hindu family from celebrating Christmas. Women in the house forced them to retreat.
New DelhiDecember 31, 2021UPDATED: December 31, 2021 15:35 IST
Avideo of women fending off a group of Hindutva vigilantes who stopped them from celebrating a Christmas event is going viral on social media. The incident happened on Tuesday in Bilidevalaya village of Karnataka’s Tumakuru.
The News Minute reported that a group of Bajrang Dal activists barged into the home of Ramachandra, a Dalit man, after learning that the family was celebrating Christmas.
The report quoted Ramu Bajarangi, a Bajrang Dal leader from Kunigal taluk in Tumakuru, as saying that a gram panchayat member alerted him about a Christmas celebration in a Hindu home by performing Christian prayers.
Ramu Bararangi mobilised Bajrang Dal activists and barged into the home of Ramachandra on Tuesday evening. The group met resistance from the women of the family.
The video shows the women arguing with the vigilantes and questioning the legitimacy of their intimidation tactics.
The men in the video ask the women why they are celebrating Christmas. The women reply that they are Christian believers.
Not believing them, the mob then questions why they aren’t wearing Sindoor [vermillion], which, according to them, is a characteristic feature of Hindu women.
One of the women replies, “Who are you to question? Why do you think we wear thali [a sacred thread that married Hindu women wear]?”
Another woman says there is nothing wrong with celebrating Christmas and that they have the freedom to pray to whomever they want.
The men then question the residents about why they converted to Christianity. The women respond saying they are Hindus but also practice Christian beliefs.
A woman can be heard saying, “Where has this [conversion] happened? What is the proof you have [of conversion]? It is our wish if we want to celebrate Christmas.”
The police were called for intervention. However, no case was registered over the incident. P Raju, inspector of Kunigal police station, said both the groups involved in the altercation complained about the other. He said there was only an argument and no violence.