India woman kills self over relationship with Muslim man

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A 20-year-old girl committed suicide on Saturday, January 6, in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, after Hindu activists belonging to Bajrang Dal and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) allegedly forced into her house and threatened her in front of her parents over a WhatsApp text. They also allegedly accused her of being friends with a Muslim man.

Following this episode, the 20-year-old college girl ended her life by hanging herself leaving behind a suicide note.

On January 6, blaming moral policing, a 20-year-old woman hanged herself in Chikmagalur. In response to a question posed by her friend, identified as Santosh, the girl had replied that she "loved Muslims". While her photo was being circulated on social media platforms, many people started commenting on it and expressed their disagreement over her friendship with a man from the different community. The suicide note said that some boys had barged inside Dhanya's home, harassed her and her mother since Dhanya was spotted speaking to a Muslim man. The group also allegedly warned her that they would post "embarrassing photographs" of the woman on social media.

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MV Anil and four other Hindutva activists in the region are believed to have harassed the woman, a first-year commerce student, since she said mentioned liking Muslims on a WhatsApp group.

While the police initially registered a suicide case, their investigation was later widened following reports regarding the role of social media in her death.

Annamalai said authorities are prepared to arrest "whoever has criticized the woman, whether on Facebook or WhatsApp". The boys had alleged that she was becoming a victim of Love Jihad.

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Dhanyashree committed suicide the next day.

Screenshots from her conversation were later shared on social media, leaving her open to abuse from people who opposed her views. "We are taking this case seriously because it wasn t her fault", said the police official.

Local police officers have called it "moral goondagiri".

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