Bangalore Fact Check: Was The IISC Scholar Really Assaulted For Speaking In Tamil?

by Paul Becker

Bengaluru: Recently, a 30-year-old Ph.D. research scholar from the famous Indian Institute of Science has been assaulted by the BMTC bus conductor for speaking in Tamil. As soon as the incident happened, the Ph.D. research scholar filed a legal complaint against the BMTC bus conductor. He recorded his statement that he was punched several times and then he was kicked out of the BMTC bus by the bus conductor.  His only mistake was he spoke in the Tamil language with the bus conductor!

The Ph.D. scholar of Indian Institute of Science, R Karthik, was standing alongside the bus conductor near the bus door. The BMTC bus that the scholar was traveling was very much crowded and he was asked to move inside irrespective of the crowd. The bus conductor was constantly instigating him to move further even if there was not a bit of free space in the bus.

Crowded buses in Bengaluru are quite a natural thing. The availability of buses in Bengaluru is very much limited and that’s why; the buses are almost full always. The bus that the Ph.D. scholar rode was naturally filled as always. So, when the bus conductor asked him to move inside, he replied in Tamil. He simply said the conductor that he is going to get down at the next bus stop. His only mistake was, he spoke in the Tamil language. Sooner, the bus conductor’s temper changed and he started addressing the Ph.D. scholar in a derogatory manner. The conductor was calling himself a ‘Tamil guy’ and then he literally kicked the scholar out of the BMTC bus at the next stop which was a CPRI stop on New BEL Road.

The assaulted scholar, R Karthik, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in chemistry at the IISc, belongs from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. He has been staying in Vigyanapura, Bengaluru on ISRO Road for more than eight years now. On last Saturday afternoon, when he was boarded the BMTC bus to go to IISc at ITI Layout bus stop, this harassing incident happened. He was supposed to get down from the bus at the Sadashivanagar police station bus stop.

R Karthik claimed that no other bus passenger helped him. The bus conductor asked him either to move inside or to get down from the bus immediately. When he refused to get down, the bus conductor almost kicked him out of the bus at the CPRI staff quarters stop. While the bus driver politely requested him to get down from the bus, the conductor almost kicked him out!

Just because he spoke in Tamil, no other passenger tried to help him out. So, Karthik directly went to the Sadashivanagar police station immediately after getting kicked out of the bus and filed the complaint against the BMTC bus conductor.

The police officer who is investigating the assaulting case has said that they have been able to trace the bus conductor. Strict actions will be taken against him within the next few days!

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3 comments

whoda May 11, 2018 - 10:41 am

“Bangalore Fact Check: Was The IISC Scholar Really Assaulted For Speaking In Tamil? ” is that a question you are asking the readers?

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MN May 11, 2018 - 1:05 pm

First the author of this article has an unprofessional attitude, has not got his facts correct and wants to create an biased opinion. Has he verified the facts when he mentions Bangalore has limited BMTC buses and they are always crowded? I have lived in the same area and in fact the same campus as the Phd scholar for more than 15 years and commuted by bus. The distance between the campus and IISc is hardly 3kms and the general attitude of passengers is to stand on the footboard, which always does not go well especially when the bus is full and conductor has the right to ask passengers to move inside since he has to accommodate movement of public commuters. So what’s wrong with the conductor asking him to move? Secondly the Scholar who has been staying in Bengaluru for 8 long years does not know a word of Kannada and yet he understands the abuses. This shows the attitude of the tamilian scholar who wants to insist the pride of his language and mistake of footboarding, which no one will take it easy especially when local population is pushed to the brink in name of multiculturism.
Being merely a Phd scholar does not make him honest and upright, he has to own up his fault. Before I quit if the same scholar were to do an Phd in Germany or France would he not learn the respective languages or follow the public rules. In fact people will take years of language training and internet search for learning the culture and knowing the public rules/conduct of staying abroad. But when it comes to staying in another Indian state for education or even for livelihood, people find it unacceptable. So the heading is certainly inappropriate.

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Srinivas May 11, 2018 - 6:15 pm

Nothing justifies violence. Whats interesting is that he has no intention learning Kannada despite having lived in Bangalore for 8 years. Do you think not knowing Tamil would be acceptable in Chennai? Oops…politically incorrect comment I guess.

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