'300 watched the mob lynch my son'

MALAPPURAM: Shylaja, the mother of Shaheer who had committed suicide after a mob attack for his love affair with an underage girl at Kottakkal near here, said they were beating him up when she reached the spot on Sunday night along with her younger son.

"There was a huge crowd. They left black marks all over his body," she told reporters on Wednesday, through sobs.

"When we reached the spot, about 300 people were watching as mute witnesses. None of them came for my son's rescue."

"They had also beaten up my younger son who attempted to stop them. Though I prayed them with tears, none gave ears to me," she added.

The family started the search for the man towards 10 pm as he had failed to pick up the mobile even after repeated attempts as the phone was in the hands of the attackers.

Later somebody informed them about the attack. They had also taken naked photographs of Shaheer which he considered as a huge insult.

He consumed poison saying that he doesn't want to live anymore.  Though the family took him to a private hospital soon, he died in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the girl who had also attempted to end life after learning the death of Shaheer is still in critical condition at the Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode.

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