Thursday, 4 February 2016

Tanzanian woman stripped, assaulted by Indian mob after accident involving a Sudanese

Site of the incident. Photo by DNA

A 21-year-old Tanzanian student is reported to have been assaulted and stripped by a mob in Bengaluru, India Sunday night as local police stood and did nothing. 

According to India's DNA, the woman's car was also torched and her four friends beaten up. The mob was reportedly incensed after another car driven by a Sudanese ran over and killed a 35-year-old local.

DNA said the Tanzanian is a 21-year-old doing Bachelor of Business Management course. 

According to the All African Students Union in Bengaluru, her car was stopped by the mob shortly after she and three colleagues reached the accident spot, 

She was then stripped by a section of the mob and pushed out of a slow-moving bus that was passing by as she tried to board it to escape, the Union's Legal Adviser Bosco Kaweesi told reporters. 

A car being driven by the Africans 

A car was burnt at the scene, but it is not clear whether it was the one that caused the accident, or that driven by the Tanzanian woman and her colleagues.

India's Minister of External affairs Sushma Swaraj has responded to the incident.

"We are deeply pained over the shameful incident with a Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru. I have asked the Chief Minister to ensure safety and security of all foreign students and stringent punishment for the guilty," she said via twitter.

"I spoke to the Chief Minister Karnataka. He informed me that a criminal case has been registered and four accused have been arrested.


‘I was beaten up for trying to rescue the girl who was stripped’

Outrage in India

There was immediate outrage on social media, with a hashtag #BengaluruShame  trending.

1 comment:

  1. Sad! But I wonder, in a country like India - given its size and population - how does the government manage to keep any level of law and order?