A 22-year-old man, who was allegedly subjected to moral policing by a group of men, was found hanging near his house in Attappady in Kerala’s Palakkad district on Thursday night, police said on Friday.
On Valentine’s day, Aneesh and his female friend were assaulted and harassed near a beach in Kollam by a group of five men.
Aneesh’s friend went to relieve herself in a scrubby area as there were no toilets nearby, a gang of five drunken men sprang up on her and tried to assault her. After the woman raised an alarm, Aneesh came to her rescue but found himself being confronted by the gang and accused of immorality. He was assaulted and his face plastered on social media through videos posted by the men.
After the police intervened, Aneesh and his friend warned that they were on the cusp of committing suicide after being insulted and humiliated on social media by the moral policing gang.
Police had arrested five persons in the case. Aneesh was employed with a private firm in Kollam and he had returned to Karara after the attack.
According to the police, the man was upset and stayed aloof after the incident, as claimed by his friends. He hung himself from a tree outside his house yesterday.
Aneesh, has allegedly left a suicide note saying he was upset after the incident. In his suicide note, Aneesh has written about how he was constantly and continuously harassed by friends of the accused through social media without any reason whatsoever.
The state human rights commission, taking of note of the suicide, has asked the police to file a case. Police sources said they have filed a case of abetment of suicide against the accused.
His body was found by the locals after Aneesh’s family reported him missing. His body will be sent for post-mortem after which he will be cremated today.
In another incident of moral policing on Tuesday, a young couple from the state went live on Facebook after two women police personnel allegedly tried to moral police them over their "indecent” behaviour. The youngsters, who are not married, were questioned by police while inside the Museum Park in Thiruvananthapuram, for sitting "indecently”.
The man, who went live on Facebook in a video, said in his defence that he had merely put his hand on the woman’s shoulder. "How is me putting my hand on the woman’s shoulder vulgar,” the man is seen asking the police in the video.