Bhubaneswar: In a shocking incident, a youth and his girlfriend were confronted by locals when they were alone and ruthlessly beaten up. Not stopping with that, the mob shaved their heads. The incident took place in Mandua village of Mayurbhanj in Odisha on Saturday. The shameful incident was also recorded by locals and later went viral on social media networks. Police have registered a case and a manhunt is on to nab the culprits. It may be pointed out that the Supreme Court had ruled that two individuals can be in a live-in consensual relationship.
In a similar incident in Odisha last year, a young couple who were spotted hanging out in a forest area was thrashed and stripped by the villagers who also filmed the act. The incident which occurred in Nuagaon village of Keonjhar district of the state came to light after the video of the act surfaced online.
According to sources, the villagers who found the couple in an isolated area abused and thrashed them. They later stripped the couple and shot a video of them. The video which was later shared on a social networking site shows the boy pleading with the villagers to spare them and trying to protect the girl from being shot. The incident later turned ugly when the villagers threatened to rape the girl if she hides from the camera. Police registered a case and arrested the offenders.