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Video of Jain monks being harassed in Uttarakhand goes viral, man booked

Dehradun (Uttarakhand): A video of a man harassing two Digambar Jain monks in Uttarakhand has gone viral on social media, following which police have formed a special task force to investigate the incident, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The perpetrator is a resident of Tehri district. He has been booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act, said Abhinav Kumar, Director General of Police, Uttarakhand. In the video, the monks are seen sitting on a parapet along the road while the man stands in front of them. You can hear him pestering them with questions like why they go out in public without clothes.

The monks try to explain, but when he doesn’t seem convinced, they refuse to answer any more questions and leave. For Digambar Jain monks, not wearing clothes is central to their faith. “The video has hurt the sentiments of Digambar Jains. Uttarakhand respects the beliefs of the followers of all religions. No disrespect to any religion can be tolerated,” Kumar said.

A special task force of the Uttarakhand Police will investigate the matter and appropriate legal action will be taken against the man soon, Kumar said.

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