Two minor girls and two boys, all from different communities, were targeted by a group of people on Tuesday in what is an apparent instance of moral policing in Ujire.
According to the police, the four of them were having ice cream around 5 p.m. when the group of 15 roughed them up.
While the two girls — a Hindu girl from Ujire and a Christian girl from Madikeri — are aged 16 and are students of a nearby college, the two boys, both Muslims aged 22, were from Madikeri.
The group — suspected by police officials to be a local right-wing Hindu group — is alleged to have asked them what they were doing together and even slapped the two boys.
In a complaint filed by one of the girls at the Belthangady Police Station, the men, aged between 18 and 25, surrounded them “all of a sudden and started abusing” them.
M.N. Anucheth, Additional Superintendent of Police, said that though the girls did not know the assaulters, photographs of known offenders from the town would be shown to the girls for identification.