Dilsher, a 55-year-old Muslim man from Aligarh, was thrashed by people from his own community for reading the Ramcharitmanas and Bhagavad Gita in his own house. Sameer, Zakir and some unidentified men barged into his house, thrashed him and took away the sacred books of the Hindu community.
A case has been registered against the accused under sections 298 (uttering words etc with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace)and 506 (criminal intimidation) at the Delhi Gate Police station. Superintendent of Police Abhishek told TOI that the matter is being investigated and action will be taken against the accused.
The incident reportedly occurred on the 4th of July, Thursday, at 9 a.m. in the morning when Dilsher, who works as a security guard, returned to his home. The crime occurred in the Shah Jamal area of Aligarh.
According to Dilsher, he has been reading the sacred books for 38 years. He has added that his religion does not prohibit him from reading the sacred books of other religions.