Manipuri student assaulted for confronting eve-teasers
A 22-year-old Manipuri student, Samuel Haokip, was brutally attacked by three men late on Wednesday night. The attackers allegedly chased him on busy road in full public view at around 8.30 pm, and hurled racist abuses such as 'chinki'.india Updated: Nov 20, 2014 23:17 IST
A 22-year-old Manipuri student, Samuel Haokip, was brutally attacked by three men late on Wednesday night when he was walking home. The attackers allegedly chased him on busy road in full public view at around 8.30 pm, and hurled racist abuses such as 'chinki'.
The attack took place in Kothanur, the same area where the president of the Manipuri Thadou Students' Association, Michael Haokip, was attacked on October 25. Kothanur and nearby areas have a large concentration of young people and students from Africa, West Asia as well as India's North East.
A brave local woman, who has requested anonymity, intervened and single handedly took on Samuel's attackers following which bystanders too joined in to end the brawl.
The woman, who is now the prime witness in the case, took photos of the accused and then escorted Samuel to the police station. The police arrested the three men on the basis of the photos provided by the woman.
Obed Haokip, a community leader told HT, "This case shows the best and the worst of Bengaluru. The attackers were local and so was the brave woman and later the public who came to the rescue."
Samuel Haokip. HT Photo
Samuel Haokip told HT that the police action, however, was lax. "It was only after some of our people called (former MP and city police commissioner) H T Sangliana that the police registered a case," he said. Dr. Sangliana hails from Aizwal and is the only person from the North East to win a Lok Sabha election in Karnataka. He was also a popular policeman who had Kannada films made about him.
Dr. Sangliana told HT, "The police made the bleeding boy wait for a long time and acted only after I called."
Hr also said, "It is not that Bangalore is not safe for people from North East. I have always felt at home here. Only a handful of goonda elements are doing this because the police has failed to instill fear in them. Bangalore shouldn't be branded as racist because of this."
Samuel Haokip. HT Photo
LIST OF RACIST EPISODES IN THE CITY:
May-June 2011: Many high profile pubs in the city impose a ban on the entry of Blacks. They relented after the CM threatened to revoke their licenses
August 2012: More than 30,000 people from the North East fled the city. Although the exodus was triggered by rumours, there were also a handful of attacks.
July 09, 2013: Timothy Wandoh, an Ivory Coast national, was beaten by a gang in broad daylight. The attackers also hurled racist abuses at him. Initially pursued the case legally but later dropped charges and made a public statement saying he had "forgiven" them.
June 11, 2014: Rikshika Gurung, a beautician hailing from Darjeeling was abducted and assaulted by a gang hired by her former employee who was unhappy with her for quitting the job and joining a rival. She dropped the case following an out of court compromise
July 08, 2014: Thotchui Dominic K, a student hailing from Manipur, was attacked and robbed at a major traffic junction in the Central Business District. He dropped the case after the police harassed him when he tried to lodge an FIR, says North East Solidarity Forum
August 16, 2014: Apuna, Kamson and James, all from Manipur, were attacked outside a bar. They didn't press charges following an out of court compromise.
September 2014: Ngamkholen Haokip, joint Secretary of the Thadou Students Association, was attacked by a gang outside his house. Police have not yet made arrests in the case
October 2014: Michael Haokip, President of Manipuri Thadou Students' Association attacked with rocks. Attackers demand that he speak in Kannada