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Kashmiri Man Beaten By Mob In Rajasthan’s Alwar, Forced To Wear Women’s Clothing

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As if tormented by the lockdown in his hometown in Kashmir was not enough, a 25-year-old Kashmiri youth was mercilessly beaten up and forced to wear women’s clothes in Rajasthan’s notorious Alwar district on 5 September.

The youth, identified as Mir Faiz, hails from Sopore in Kashmir and is a third-year aeronautical engineering student.

While Faiz registered an FIR for the assault against him, however, the Central Intelligence Bureau and Rajasthan Intelligence Bureau subjected him to intense interrogation and searched his room and confiscated his mobile and laptop, India Today reported

Explaining the circumstances of the incident, Faiz’s brother said that he had been accosted by three men who had forced him to get onto a bike.

“They took him to an isolated place where he was forced to wear a woman’s clothes,” The Quint quoted Faisal as saying. “They then instructed him to walk around the market in those clothes. They threatened to kill him if he did not. He tried to walk into an ATM and change his clothes but panicked, when he came out he was caught by a crowd, tied to a pillar and repeatedly slapped.”

Based on Faiz’s complaint, the police has filed an FIR under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 505 (intent to cause hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. But the case was reportedly transferred to the intelligence agencies to ensure that this was not a case of child-lifting as there had been a lot of rumours of that in the area.

However, Faisal alleged that his brother was being treated like a criminal although he was the victim of the assault. Faiz had reportedly told his brother that he was unable to hear in his left ear.

This is not the first time, Rajasthan’s Alwar has resorted to such barbarism. In 2017, 55-year-old dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was brutally murdered by a mob in Alwar. Seven months after Pehlu Khan’s murder, another cattle trader, Ummer Khan, was shot dead, and in 2015, the town also thought of naming a flyover after Nathuram Godse, the murderer of Mahatma Gandhi.

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