A Hindu woman has killed herself after facing harassment on his friendship with a Muslim man in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, police said.
She said to a friend on WhatsApp that she loved the Muslims after having been questioned about his friendship with the man.
The Police said screenshots of this exchange was shared on the social media.
Five persons of a Hindu extremist groups has also visited his home, Saturday, to warn his parents, police said. The 20-year-old killed herself the same day.
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The police first registered a case of suicide, but have broadened their investigation after reports on the role of social media in his death began to emerge from Monday.
K Annamalai, a police officer, in Chikkamagaluru district, has told the BBC that the woman had left a suicide note.
“She mentioned that there was a photo of her with a man of another religious community. People have started to comment about it and cast aspersions on his character,” he said.
He added that he has killed it-even after five people went to his house and complains to her mother that she was in love with a Muslim man.”
He added that the police had arrested one person and were searching for the other.”A young life lost”
BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi, who has seen the screen shots, said his WhatsApp messages were quickly shared around the neighborhood.
In the messages, he is advised not to get “involved” with a man of another faith. She responds: “But I love Muslims.”
She added that she did not find anything wrong in the fact of being “associated” with members of any religious community.
Mr. Annamalai said, “the one who criticized the woman, whether it be on Facebook or WhatsApp, would be arrested”.
“We believe that it constitutes harassment because a young life was lost. We have taken this matter seriously, because it was not his fault,” he added.
In recent years, India has witnessed Hindu-Muslim tensions around what came to be known as “love jihad”.
The term was popularized by radical Hindu fringe groups, who accuse Muslim men of participating in a conspiracy to convert the Hindu women of their religion by the means of seduction”.
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