A 23-year-old son of a daily wage labourer committed suicide just days after he was harassed by moral police on Valentine’s Day in Kerala. The group had allegedly harassed him and his partner on video.

The 23-year-old youth, Aneesh, was out hanging with his female partner on Valentine’s Day when a group of men at Azheekal beach, whose main motive was to harass women, manhandled Aneesh and his friend into cowering before them.

One of the accused can be heard in the video asking if the girl would lift up her skirt for anyone. Even when the couple pleaded against the goons, they refused to let them go.

The five accused were arrested after Aneesh filed a complaint against them for harassment. However, the damaging consequences of such unchecked social behaviour leave a lasting impact.

Depressed by the incident, Aneesh committed suicide by hanging himself. His body was found by his mother on Thursday night. Aneesh worked as a co-ordinator of an e-literacy programme in Attapady in Palakkad district.