A video showing a man getting beaten up by an angry mob for kissing his wife in Ayodhya’s Sarayu river is making rounds of social media. In the video going viral, the man can be seen being taken out of the Sarayu waters by a mob of angry men.
The men continue to hurl objectionable remarks against the man and slap him on the face as they drag him out of the waters. The incident transpired when the man in question was spotted by nearby youth hugging his wife and kissing him while they bathed in Ram ki Paidi, one of the ghats on tie Sarayu bank in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya.
The video was shared by Gulf News columnist Ashok Swain with the caption “This man did a ‘mistake’ of kissing his wife – Ram Bhakts in Ayodhya misbehaved with his wife and beat up the man! Kissing is not Indian culture, but lynching has become one.”.
According to Ayodhya Senior Superintendent of Police Shailesh Pandey, the incident is a week old and so far, no complaints have been raised in the matter by either side. As of now, the police are trying to trace the couple so that if they want to raise a complaint, they can do so.
The Facts of the Matter
According to Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code obscene acts or words at a public place is punishable. For the act to be considered a crime, the act must cause “annoyance” to anyone around.
Recently, an incident in Ayodhya has sparked a debate as to what is the measure of obscenity in India. In Ayodhya, a man was beaten by a mob of angry men for kissing his wife in the Sarayu river. The incident of the beating was caught on cam, visuals of which are making rounds of internet.
What Did the Video Show?
The video, which was reportedly taken sometime a week ago, shows a man being dragged out of the Sarayu river by a mob of angry men. The man is beaten up by the youth for allegedly kissing a woman he was with and hugging her in the river. The woman is also seen shielding the man as the group of youths hurl abuses towards him.
One of the men who is seen dragging the man out and trashing him can be heard saying, “Don’t you have a family. Get him out of here. You should be ashamed,” as quoted in a Times Now report.
“This vulgarity will not be tolerated in Ayodhya,” said another man.
Watch Video Here:
अयोध्या: सरयू में स्नान के दौरान एक आदमी ने अपनी पत्नी को किस कर लिया. फिर आज के रामभक्तों ने क्या किया, देखें: pic.twitter.com/hG0Y4X3wvO
— Suneet Singh (@Suneet30singh) June 22, 2022
Putting Incident Into Context
For the unversed Sarayu river is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ayodhya that attracts flocks of devotees every day. The river is one of the tributaries of Ganga river and hence, is considered holy among Hindu devotees. As it flows in Ayodhya, the river is also associated with Lord Ram.
Netizens React to Man Beaten Up in Ayodhya:
What the hell is going on here ? Who are these people to make opinions and pass judgements ? If something unethical is happening public has no right to humiliate a legally married couple in public or anybody in public . Where is law and order
— Anna (@anna29296) June 22, 2022
What ever u decide by law is acceptable as per constitutional laws.. but just think do u want to build india where u can be probably lynched for hugging and kissing ur own wife..?
Coz ultimately we will live what we will make around us..
May some wisdom prevail..
— Richter Scale (@crazyfrn007) June 22, 2022
Poor fellow thrashed like an Animal.
There should be Police Guards not Andh bakhts at the River Bank.
— Najam Salim (@NajamSalim1) June 23, 2022
See what they were doing in place which were crowded.
— Deepak gupta (@dk_gupta1992) June 23, 2022
Police must drag these people to Police station. What a shame.. Though the couple was wrong but whatever these road side goondas did was an act which suits only Taliban
— Captpankajmehta (@Captpankajmehta) June 23, 2022
All those who harrased the couple and took the law in their hands should be booked under 159, 323,354A of the IPC
The couple should be booked under 294 of the IPC
Equality of law should be applied. The people who harassed and beat the couple had no right to do so.
— Vishwa Lalit (@vishwalalit1) June 22, 2022
Police Trying to Locate Couple
According to Shailesh Pandey, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ayodhya, the video dates back to sometime a week ago. So far no complaints have been raised regarding the matter by either side. Meanwhile, the police are trying to locate the couple so that a complaint can be filed in connection to the incident, if they choose to do so.