Uttar Pradesh: 45-year-old man in Kanpur assaulted in front of daughter for ‘conversion’ | Kanpur News


KANPUR: A 45-year-old man was paraded through the streets, as his minor daughter accompanied him, assaulted by a mob accusing him of religious conversion in Barra area of Kanpur on Wednesday. He was later handed over to police which said that the allegation of conversion against him appeared to be unfounded. Police have booked 12 persons for rioting on the complaint of the victim, Afsar.
Police swung into action after the video clip of the incident showing the man’s little daughter crying and trying to cling on to him and begging for mercy from a group of assaulters, went viral on social media on Thursday. The video footage also shows a few men in the mob shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ after assaulting Afsar.
Police said that Afsar is a relative of one of the three youths accused of molesting their neighbour’s daughter recently. An FIR was also lodged against them at the Barra police station in this regard.
The police stated that the girl’s family had also made allegations of conversion against Afsar’s relative and demanded to add a section pertaining to ‘forceful conversion’ in the FIR. Later, they had also met a local representative and demanded him to instruct the police to lodge a case against the alleged molester in this regard.
Police, however, said, “Investigation with regard to conversion is still continuing and action would be initiated only on the basis of evidence.”
However, pursuing the same case, a group of local activists on Wednesday evening had assembled at the Ram Gopal Chauraha in Barra area, indulging in religious sloganeering and demanding to book the molester on charges of conversion.
Later, on seeing the alleged molester’s relative Afsar passing by along with his minor daughter, they dragged him and beat him up mercilessly. The video of the incident was shot by some passers-by, who later made it viral on social media.
DCP South, Raveena Tyagi, said that a case of rioting against a local person who runs a marriage band, his son and around 10 unknown people, based on Afsar’s complaint had been lodged at Barra police station.
She also mentioned that the families of Afsar relative and his neighbour were also involved in a property dispute.
“We have seen the video. Based on a complaint by Afsar, we have filed an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC and are in the process of identifying the assaulters. Further investigations are underway,” said Tyagi further.

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