Muslim bangle seller being beaten
By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi: A day after a Muslim bangle seller was beaten and robbed by a group of Hindutva fanatics in Indore, he was booked and arrested for alleged fraud and molestation on a complaint by the minor daughter of one of the accused, The Quint reported quoting anonymous sources.
Ali’s younger brother Jamal Ali told The Indian Express that police had taken him away at 5 pm and he had not returned till Monday night. “Officials from Banganga Police Station came to Musafirkhana where we are staying, and told us Tasleem needed to be taken for some formalities and would be back in an hour. He isn’t back even five hours later, and we are not able to contact him,” Jamal said.
In a video that went viral on social media, the 25-year-old was seen being beaten up by Hindutva men. He was also robbed of Rs 10,000 by them.
According to The Indian Express, the girl in her complaint said that the bangle seller had come to their house on Sunday, while her father was not at home, and said his name was Golu, presenting a half-burnt Aadhaar card.
“We began purchasing bangles from him. As my mother went inside to fetch money, the bangle seller looked at me in an indecent way and grabbed my hand, saying ‘I’ll help you wear bangles’. He also inappropriately touched my cheeks… which is when I shouted,” she said, according to the report.
The police meanwhile said that they had recovered two Aadhaar cards from the bangle seller, one of which bears the name Tasleem and identifies him as the son of Mohar Ali, and one carries the name Aslim and names his father as Mohar Singh. The cops also said that they also found a burnt voter ID card, which is missing his name, but identifies his father as Mohan Singh.
Police have also registered a case against three members of the Muslim Nuamainda Committee who gheraoed the police station on Sunday for not taking action against men who thrashed the bangle seller. They have been charged for wrongful restraint, rioting, use of obscene words and criminal intimidation, reported The Indian Express.