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Tanzanian woman assault case: Rahul seeks report from Karnataka govt

india Updated: Feb 04, 2016 11:00 IST

File photo of ongress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

Voicing concern over a Tanzanian woman student being allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in Bengaluru, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has sought a report from the Karnataka government on the incident immediately.

“Rahul Gandhi asks Karnataka Govt to explain and send report immediately,” party General Secretary Digvijay Singh said in a series of tweets.

“Strongly condemn incident with Tanzanian lady in Bangalore. Police must act strongly against the culprits,” Singh, who is in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, said.

The Tanzanian woman student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car in the city.

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The 21-year-old Tanzanian, who is doing her Bachelor of Business Management course, was dragged out of the car in which she was seated along with her three friends on Sunday night. The car was stopped by the mob shortly after they reached the accident spot on Sunday night, according to All African Students Union in Bengaluru.

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She was 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 had said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had termed the incident as shameful.

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Swaraj had spoken to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and requested him to ensure stringent punishment to the guilty.

Swaraj said Siddaramaiah informed her that a criminal case has been registered and four accused have been arrested. Official sources in New Delhi had said the High Commission of Tanzania has sent a Note Verbale to the External Affairs Ministry about the reported attack, requesting it to take necessary legal action against the guilty.

According to the Bangalore police, the complaint by the Tanzanian girl was filed yesterday even though incident happened on Sunday. They have filed an FIR against some unknown persons in connection with the assault.

Condemning the assault on the Tanzanian student in Bengaluru, former National Commission for Women (NCW) member Shamina Shafiq on Thursday expressed anger at country’s legal system, where the culprits get away easily without punishment.

“I am ashamed and appalled at such incident and no wonder that the kind of tardy justice system we have in this country, I think people have sorted out to such fallouts wherein they feel that they can do anything and get away. I am very angry with the system, which is not giving justice to the people who are at the receiving end,” Shafiq said.