Thiruvananthapuram: A resident of the state capital, Ajesh, was lynched by a mob after he was accused of theft. Ajesh suffered serious injuries during the attack and latter succumbed to his injuries.
The shocking incident took place on 11 December, when a group of people accused Ajesh of stealing a mobile phone. He was then severely beaten up and his private part burned.
Mob lynching is not a new phenomenon in Kerala. Earlier too there have been many cases of mob taking law into their own hands. The killing of a poor tribal, Madhu, in Palakkad district is a prime example of the horror of lynching in Kerala. Madhu was killed by a group of people for stealing food when he got hungry.
There are also reports of moral policing in many parts of the State. Many have also lost their lives after being manhandled by unruly crowds for having illicit relations.
When cases of mob lynching in North India becomes fodder for news, the issue gets downplayed when it happens in Kerala.