A few days after being harassed in a video on Valentine’s Day, a 23-year-old son of a daily wage laborer was found hanging dead outside his house in Kerala’s Kollam district on Thursday evening. Aneesh’s mother found his body after returning from work on Thursday night at their residence in Anagatta, Palakkad district.
The young man, Aneesh, along with his girl friend, was attacked, filmed and even targeted on social media by moral vigilantes on V-day. The police have found a suicide note at the spot, which stated that the harassment he faced on that day was the reason behind the step.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, and his woman friend were accosted by five men near a beach in Kollam on February 14. The accused videotaped the couple, asking the woman obscene and humiliating questions and circulated the video on social media.
Aneesh’s friend had moved to a secluded area of beach heavy with foliage to relieve herself due to lack of toilets, when the group of men allegedly tried to molest her.
When the men allegedly tried to assault the woman, the man stepped in to defend her but he was attacked by the gang, who then filmed and threatened them.
In the video, the couple can be hear pleading the men to let them go. The accused can be heard asking the girl if she would lift her dress for anyone.
The couple lodged a complaint with the police, following which the accused were arrested.
According to the police, the man was upset and stayed aloof after the incident, as claimed by his friends.
The death comes after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had taken a strong note of the incident and said that “such criminal activities will not be tolerated in Kerala.” He had also asked the Kerala police chief to take strict action against incidents of moral policing.
Still, the police were left red-faced after a couple live-streamed their exchange with two constables on Tuesday after they were accused of indecency. Vishnu SS, 24 and Arathy SA, 23, who had met at a park in Thiruvananthapuram, were harassed, questioned and fined exactly a week after Valentine’s Day. “Having someone’s arm on my shoulder is not wrong. Booking people for as small a reason as this has to stop,” Aarthy had told NDTV.
Aneesh was a coordinator of an e-literacy programmer in his hometown.