‘If Hindu boys do injustice to Hindu girl, where will I go?’

This is what Karnataka girl wrote in suicide note, after being taunted for WhatsApp message saying she liked Muslims; BJYM activist, BJP member arrested

Written by Amrita Dutta | Chikmagalur | Updated: January 12, 2018 7:34 am
Karnataka girl suicide, Karnataka communal violence, Dhanyashree, Dhanyashree suicide, Chikmagalur, Chikmagalur girl suicide, Mudigere, india news, indian express nesw Dhanyashree, 20, killed herself at her home in Mudigere town in Karnataka on January 6 (Express photo)

“What are you able to do? I am not afraid if you post this as status. Get lost..

“I lv Muslims. My life is my choice. Why are you bothered?.

“Why are you dying in the name of religion as we are all Indians?

“I don’t care whatever you tell. My father and mother always support me.”

Two days before 20-year-old Dhanyashree committed suicide at her home in Mudigere town in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district, she was being her usual feisty self in a WhatsApp conversation. According to the exchange, an English transcript of which was provided by the Chikmagalur police, Dhanyashree does not back down when a man, Santosh, warns her that he has “already sent a screenshot of their conversation to the Mudigere Bajrang Dal”, taunts her by asking if her father was Muslim and then asks her to elope with “them”. The conversation is in Tulu.

On Thursday, the Chikmagalur police arrested Santosh, who they say is the main accused in the case. “He is a 25-year-old from Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada district. He was arrested in Bengaluru. He is the son of someone called Rajesh Poojary and is a lift mechanic,” said Chikmagalur Superintendent of Police K Annamalai.

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Sources in the police said Santosh is a member of the BJP. On Sunday, in the first arrest in the case, M V Anil, president of the Mudigere unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, was arrested from Mudigere.

Dhanyashree was found hanging in her house in Ward No. 6, Chaithra Maidan of Mudigere town on January 6. In a complaint to the police, her mother blamed members of an organisation for harassing her daughter by claiming that “she loved” Muslims.

Dhanyashree

BJP leader and MLA from Chikmagalur, C T Ravi, said, “What has happened in the Dhanyashree case is unfortunate. A worker of the BJP, Anil, has been arrested for it. But he has not done anything criminal, he has not committed any murder. He was just trying to inform the girl’s family about the dangers of love jihad, which has claimed so many Hindu girls. His intention was not to provoke her to suicide [sic]. No men of the girl’s family have accused anyone of harassing them, it is only the police which is making out such a case.”

When asked about Santosh’s alleged involvement and if he too was a BJP member, Ravi said he would wait for the investigation to be completed before commenting.

It all began with Dhanyashree changing her WhatsApp profile picture, said Annamalai. It was just an image of her eyes, close-cropped. Held against a black background, it appeared — to some eyes – an image of her wearing a burqa. This image was posted on other WhatsApp groups as proof of her “love” for Muslims.

“We are still investigating how Santosh got hold of this photo or Dhanyashree’s number. But we know that on January 4, he called up Dhanyashree’s parents and her. He also had this lengthy WhatsApp conversation with her,” said Annamalai.

A day later, a group of five men, including Anil and members of the Bajrang Dal, landed up at Dhanyashree’s house – first when she was attending classes at the DSBG Government First Grade College, where she is a first year student, and then again in the evening when she was home.

“The second visit, especially, turned very ugly. They abused Dhanyashree in vulgar language. They forced her parents to take her phone away. That evening, she did not have her dinner. She did not eat the next day either. In the evening, she hanged herself,” said Annamalai.

Dhanyashree and her family lived at the end of a lane that overlooks a dip in the picturesque valley. Their home with a red-tiled roof lies locked, ever since her parents Yadav and Saraswati left Mudigere on Sunday. A couple of old television sets lie outside: Yadav was a television mechanic, who barely went to work. Saraswati was a tailor. Neighbours are wary and reluctant to speak. “She was a good girl, I never saw her with any boy or girl,” says a woman, who refuses to be identified.

At the college, where she had been attending classes for the last six months, there is a sense of caution, even a lack of anger. Principal Basavarajappa B C says Dhanyashree was a good girl in college. “I don’t know what she did outside.Should someone be punished for her death? I don’ know.”

Nivedita M V, a member of the commerce faculty, remembers her as someone who would “fight for even one mark.” “She was competitive, she would demand to know where she had gone wrong, why she had got one mark less than the others. She wanted to become someone in life. She was eager to prove herself. She was preparing for her competitive exams,” the teacher said of the “front bencher”.

David, another member of the faculty who only gave his first name, says Dhanyashree was a “leader of the class, you could say.” “She was bold and took a lot of initiative in everything.”

On Saturday, Dhanyashree did not go to college. By evening, the news of her death had spread through the small town. That evening, according to the police, Dhanyashree’s father came to the police station in an inebriated state. “He said that he had scolded his daughter for being always on the phone, and that she had then committed suicide. He filed a complaint saying no one should be held responsible for her death,” said Annamalai.

Police, however, went to the house on Sunday and did a thorough search. “There, we found suicide note after which her mother filed a complaint against the men who came to harass her.”

According to the police, in the note, she begins by asking, “If you Hindu boys do such an injustice to a Hindu girl like me, then where will I go for justice? I am not in love with any Muslim boy, not going out with any Muslim boy. Because of your unnecessary harassment, you have tarnished my reputation and name. Whatever has happened to me should not happen to any other girl.”

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  1. Ravi Singh
    Jan 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    This brave lady sacrificed her life for India. Shame on BJP.
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    1. Ravi Singh
      Jan 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm
      Hindus dont have a personal life, all of them are RSS's soldiers in its communal Jihad.
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      1. Pradeep Chaturvedi
        Jan 12, 2018 at 2:09 pm
        SUICIDE is extremely personal nobody should be blamed for the end of 20-year -old ending her life. She should have focused on her career instead of getting carried away with 'LOVE JEHAD' is it the age to love Muslim boys. HINDOO girls are foools no wisdom no common sense only bookworms. Karnataka girls are falling in LOVE with other religion boys on a daily basis. It is just unacceptable. How can any father sit with a BEEF eating son-in-law. Vulgar Kannada films, Smart phones have ruined our girls. Almost all girls have boy friends. INTER-FAITH are not O.K. in the current scenario India will become Kashmir by the year 2050.
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        1. blackpower 666
          Jan 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm
          Indian Food, a scholarly look at the gastronomic traditions of ancient India by Dr K T Acharya, indicates that Vedic Aryans ate all kinds of meats, including horses, buffaloes, bulls and cows. For instance, the Rigved recounts the rituals in animal sacrifice and the roasting and carving of its meat -- with Brahmin priests receiving the choicest cuts as prasaad. A black cow was favoured by Pushan, red by Rudra, an ox by Vishnu, and bulls by Agni and Indra -- the latter urged to slay his foes "just as cows are butchered at the altar of sacrifice. in Mahabharata and Ramayan, sumptuous feasts abound with the meat of pigs, deer, sheep, fowl and "young buffalo calves roasted on spits with ghee dripping on them." The Atharvaved mentions the sacrificial cow as "destined for the Gods and Brahmins." And in the Brhadaranyak Upanishad, Sushrutha, the father of Indian medicine, describes beef as being pavitra for health. So much for Hindu vegetarianism itself, let alone holy cows
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          1. blackpower 666
            Jan 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm
            Manusmriti (5 / 35) states: When a man who is properly engaged in a ritual does not eat meat, after his death he will become a sacrificial animal during twenty-one rebirths. Maharishi Yagyavalkya says in Shatpath Brahmin (3/1/2/21) that, “I eat beef because it is very soft and delicious.” Apastamb Grihsutram (1/3/10) says, “The cow should be slaughtered on the arrival of a guest, on the occasion of ‘Shraddha’ of ancestors and on the occasion of a marriage.” Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.” Rigveda (6/17/1) states that “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo.” Vashistha Dharmasutra (11/34) writes, “If a Brahmin refuses to eat the meat offered to him on the occasion of ‘Shraddha’ or worship, he goes to hell.”
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            1. blackpower 666
              Jan 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm
              CONTRIBUTION OF CATTLE/BEEF TO INDIAN ECONOMY - India ranks #2 in the world in beef exports ( : beef2live /story-world-beef-exports-ranking-countries-0-106903)..... india ranks #4 in quan y of beef consumption ( : beef2live /story-world-beef-consumption-per-capita-ranking-countries-0-111634) India ranks #5 in leather production in the world as per 2016 data and could be #4 by now ( s: insidermonkey /blog/8-countries-that-produce-the-most-leather-in-the-world-444872/?singlepage 1) ..... dia ranks #6 in leather shoes exports in the world ( : worldstopexports /leather-shoes-exports-country/)
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              1. blackpower 666
                Jan 12, 2018 at 2:22 pm
                PM MODI on his jain friends - My Jain friends are in beef export business, Prime Minister Modi says in a video - : ummid /news/2015/October/13.10.2015/modis-jain-freinds-in-beef-export-business
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                1. blackpower 666
                  Jan 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm
                  "Vulgar Kannada films" - PLEASE LIST THEM OUT, Smart phones have ruined our girls - HOW MANY GIRLS RUINED? HOW ABOUT BOYS? Almost all girls have boy friends - OH! THEY ARE NOT SPOSED TO HAVE BOYFRIENDS? IN THAT CASE THEY SHOULD HAVE GIRLFRIENDS? AND BOYS SHOULD HAVE BOYFRIENDS? is this your ga y future? INTER-FAITH are not O.K. in the current scenario India will become Kashmir by the year 2050 - PL PROVIDE THE MATH TO BACK YOUR CLAIM
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                  1. blackpower 666
                    Jan 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm
                    " She should have focused on her career instead of getting carried away with 'LOVE JEHAD' is it the age to love Muslim boys" - she is 20 yrs old so when is the age to fall in love? oh and she cant fall in love with muslim boys Mr Chaturvedi - you seem to be verree knowledgable about do's and donts when it comes to love and at what age - PL EDUCATE THE REST OF US
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                    1. blackpower 666
                      Jan 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm
                      "SUICIDE is extremely personal nobody should be blamed for the end of 20-year -old ending her life." - WHY? suicide is a criminal offense in india and it is well within the law to be investigated and bring the abettors ie the BJP BJYM vigilantes those who harassed her to this step...perhaps these vigilantes are part of your family - your son is involved perhaps?
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                      1. Ravi Singh
                        Jan 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm
                        Shame on you Sanghi
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                      2. Amjad Miandad
                        Jan 12, 2018 at 12:51 pm
                        So it is good that a girl or boy who is in love with people from other religion should be dead but this is wrong that a girl or boy convert their religion for the sake of love and live a happy life. Means they have to get rid of their humanity and life instead of their religion whether converting to any religion.
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                        1. blackpower 666
                          Jan 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm
                          Role of Muslims in India’s Freedom Movement - The Indian national congress, from the time of its inception to independence has seen nine presidents who were Muslims. Barrister M. K. Gandhi served in a law firm in South Africa owned by a Muslim, who on his own expenses brought Gandhiji to India in 1916. Here, he started his agitation under the Ali Biradran (Ali Brothers). The Moplah Rebellion or the Malabar Rebellion was an extended version of the Khilafat Movement in Kerala in 1921. The Government had declared the Congress and Khilafat meetings illegal. So, a reaction in Kerala began against the crackdown of the British in Eranad and Valluvanad taluks of Malabar. The Mopla movement saw three thousand Muslims being martyred in a single battle.
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                          1. blackpower 666
                            Jan 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm
                            Abdul Hafiz Mohamed Barakatullah, known with his honorific as Maulana Barkatullah (c. 7 July 1854 – 20 September 1927), was an anti-British Indian revolutionary with sympathy for the Pan-Islamic movement. Barkatullah was born on 7 July 1854 at Itwra Mohalla Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, India. Barkatullah fought from outside India, with fiery speeches and revolutionary writings in leading newspapers, for the independence of India. He did not live to see India free. Originally known as Bhopal University, it was renamed in 1988 after the great freedom fighter Prof. Barkatullah
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                            1. blackpower 666
                              Jan 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm
                              The Non-cooperation movement and the Swadesh movement saw overwhelming Muslim parti tion. Janab Sabusiddiq who was the sugar-king of that time gave up his business as a form of boycott. The khoja andmemon communities owned the biggest business houses of that time and they parted with their treasured industries to support the boycott. The 1942 Quit India movement was actually planned by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. He was imprisoned on August 8, 1942 and sent to Ahmadnagar, because of which Gandhiji had to lead the movement on August 9, 1942. Jyotiba Phule was sponsored by his neighbor, Usman Bagban in his educational activities, so much so that the school in which he taught was owned by Mr. Usman. His daughter, Fatima was the first girl student there and joined as a teacher thereafter.
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                              1. blackpower 666
                                Jan 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm
                                Muslim leaders always supported the Dalit cause. In the round table conference held in London, Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar was lured into abandoning the Dalit cause in lieu of accepting all the other demands of the Muslims. But Maulana Johar refused to forsake the Dalits. When Dr. B.R. Ambedkar could not win the 1946 central elections, the Bengal Muslim league vacated one of its own seats and offered it to Dr. Ambedkar, who won it by poll. This gesture by the Muslim league paved the way for his entry into the cons uent assembly and the rest as they say, is history. Muslims freedom fighters were active in the field of journalism as well. Maulana Azad used his pen against the British, despite being prevented by the colonial powers a number of times. In fact, the first journalist to be martyred in the cause of India’s freedom struggle was also a Muslim- Maulana Baqar Ali.
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                                1. blackpower 666
                                  Jan 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm
                                  Bose recruited the best available officers for key positions. Noteworthy among those who served in the INA were Lt. Col. Shah Nawaz Khan, Chief of General Staff, Major Habibur Rahman commandant of the Officers Training School, Captain Malik Munawar Khan Awan, Col. Inayat Kiani commandant of the 2nd guerilla brigade, and Col. Abdul Aziz Tajik, commander of the 2nd division during the Imphal (Assam) offensive. A women’s wing, the Rani of Jhansi Brigade was formed under the command of Captain Lakshmi Sahgal. The total strength of the INA in 1945 stood at 40,000 among whom were thousands of Muslim soldiers and officers who served with zeal and dedication
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