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Farmer lynched for protesting sexual harassment of daughters: Pilibhit, UP

A 40-year-old man was lynched to death for protecting his two teenage daughters from sexual harassment by some men in their locality. The victim, a small-time farmer, succumbed to his injuries after three days during treatment. According to reports, the incident took place at Madhavpur village in Pilibhit district on June 16.

The police said that six of the victim’s neighbours, including five aged between 18 and 25 years, have been booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting) and 302 (murder).

Manish Kumar, inspector (crime) at Amaria police station, said, “The man was killed because he stood up against some local youths and tried to protect his young daughters from them. Badly beaten, he was shifted to a district hospital where he succumbed to internal injuries. An autopsy was conducted by a panel of three medical officers. We are now trying to locate and arrest the absconding accused.”

In a written complaint, the victim’s wife stated that five men whom she identified as Bhoora, 22, Sohel, 18, Munna, 25, Rehan, 20, and Imram, 18, live near her house and used to regularly pass lewd remarks and make obscene gestures at her daughters.

Her husband subsequently took it up with the boys’ fathers who, she alleged, completely ignored the matter. On June 16, the man was attacked by the accused who first abused him and then repeatedly punched and kicked him, the woman said in her police complaint.

The name of the victim and the full names of the accused have not yet been revealed in media reports. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Pilibhit district, part of Western UP and the Terai belt on the Nepal border, is fast becoming yet another hub of love/grooming jihad. Muslims constitute over 24% of the population of this sensitive district as per Census 2011, and religious radicalization in the region poses a major threat to the nation.

(With IANS inputs)

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