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After 107 days in jail, Muslim vendor assaulted by mob in Indore gets bail

The Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday granted bail to salesperson Tasleem Ali, who was arrested in August on charges of child molestation and forgery, NDTV India reported.

Ali has spent a total of 107 days in jail till now. Two days before he was arrested, a group of men had assaulted and abused him for selling bangles in a “Hindu area”. They alleged that he had concealed his identity and harassed women on the pretext of selling bangles on Rakshabandhan day.

A video of the incident had shown the men using derogatory words meant to address Muslims and asking Ali not to enter any “Hindu area”.

His lawyer Ehtesham Hashmi on Tuesday said that the court order was a victory of the Constitution, The Indian Express reported. “Justice Sujoy Paul in his order sheet has observed that Tasleem was beaten by hooligans and then a cross FIR [first information report] was registered after his complaint,” the lawyer said.

Ali has been accused of sexually harassing a Class 6 student in Indore. The FIR registered against him mentions sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code.

The girl had told the police that she was at her home with her mother on August 22, when Ali came there to…

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