In another case of moral policing in Karnataka, a group of nine individuals harassed and threatened an interfaith couple on Friday (19 January) evening in state's Haveri district.
While the couple was returning home on a motorcycle, they were intercepted by a group who confronted them about their religious differences.
The situation quickly escalated, with the men attempting to manhandle the man and coercively separate the couple, NDTV reported.
The victims defended themselves by saying that they were just friends and colleagues.
A bystander, who saw the incident, alerted the police.
After the couple filed a complaint, seven individuals were arrested.
The attackers were identified as Abdulkhader Mudgal, Mansoor Tandoor, Mehboobakhan Badigera, Riaz Halageri, Alwaj, Abdul Desura, and Khader Kanake, while two others are still at large.
The recent incident in Haveri took place just days after six men barged into the room of a lodge and assaulted a couple for the 'crime' of being together despite following different faiths.
The victims, who had checked into a local hotel, were subjected to a violent attack inside their room. The attackers recorded the act, and the videos went viral on various social media platforms.
In another incident, two interfaith cousins were assaulted by nine individuals from the minority community in Karnataka's Belgavi earlier this month.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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