This is the shocking moment a Hindu priest is brutally beaten and has his hair chopped to humiliate him after an angry mob suspected the cleric was gay.
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The incident was filmed by onlookers on a busy street in the city of Mangalore in the southern Indian state of Karnataka and shared on social media where it has been widely circulated.
According to local media, the victim is a Hindu priest who was attacked by the angry mob because they suspected he was gay.
In the shocking footage, the priest is seen being held down as mob members use a razor and small pair of scissors to cut his hair.
In another scene, the topless man is held back and repeatedly punched before an aggressor pulls a chunk of his long hair and appears to cut it with a knife.
As the victim remonstrates with shouting crowd members, the knifeman continues to cut chunks of his hair and blood marks are seen on his forehead.
Reports did not say what happened to the Hindu priest after the mob humiliated him in public.
It is also currently unknown whether the local authorities are investigating the incident.
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