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Caught on camera: Man kicks fasting Muslim woman colleague in Karnataka

NEW DELHI: In a shocking incident, a woman government employee was seen being kicked, allegedly by her male colleague in Karnataka’s Raichur late last week.

The incident was caught on surveillance cameras and shared by news agency ANI on Tuesday.

In addition, a police official said that the woman, Nasreen, was observing the Ramzan fast at the time of the incident .

An official at the Sindhanur City Municipal Council, (SCMC) where the woman works, said the incident occurred last Saturday and added that the man in the video is one Sharanappa, a contractual employee, who has since been arrested by the police.

“Following the woman’s complaint, her male colleague has been dismissed and handed over to police,” said the official who didn’t wish to be named.

“Sharanappa is a contractual employee and the Council had no idea about the incident. We came to know about it only after police informed that Nasreen has complained against Sharanappa,” he said.

Last Saturday was a holiday at the council office and hardly any staff were around when the incident occurred, the council official said.

“On Saturday, there was a holiday in SCMC office but two employees (Nasreen and Sharanappa) were assigned to work so they could clear some backlog. Nasreen is a permanent employee while Sharanappa is hired on a contract basis as a computer operator,” a senior police official said

“Nasreen was observing fast during Ramzan and is said to have turned up late to work,” the police official said, adding that Sharanappa kicked Nasreen after an argument about her being late.

According to police, this is not for the first time Sharanappa has assaulted council staff.

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