Eleven Muslim migrant workers underwent a public punishment in Pune, India, by a gang who work for the local government, after they could not donate enough money to fund Ganeshotsav, a Hindu festival.
The eleven Muslims, who were aged between 20 and 30 years old, were workers at a bakery. Reports have verified that they were requested to pay 100 rupees ($1.50, £1.10) to fund Ganeshotsav which lasts for 11-days, the workers could not pay the total amount so they decided to only pay 50 rupees ($0.75, £0.60).
The Hindu gang which calls itself, Shri Ram Ganesh Mandal, forced the bakery workers to perform squats while they recorded the humiliating punishment and soon after published it online as a warning to others.
Many of the workers have since fled the city of Pune after the video went viral. the workers have suspected to have fled almost 1,500km north-west to Uttar-Pradesh, their home state.
Assistant Police Inspector Mahesh Swam told IndiaTimes, "We have booked three members of the Ganesh Mandal but haven't yet arrested them. The offense is bailable. A notice has been issued to the three to be present in court on Monday to secure bail.”