A woman from Tanzania studying in Bengaluru has been allegedly assaulted, stripped and paraded naked by an angry India mob in the outskirts of the city. Reports said the assault happened a few minutes after another car, driven by a Sudanese student, ran over a 35-year-old local woman.
While the Sudanese student escaped after the accident, the 21-year-old Tanzanian woman, who reached the spot a short while afterwards, was targeted by a mob.
Reports said the crowd dragged her out, assaulted her, stripped her naked and set the car on fire. She alleged she was paraded naked by her attackers and that the police did nothing to stop them.
A report in the Dailybouncer said the attack happened at Hesaraghatta on Sunday night, when the woman was travelling in a Wagon-R along with four others. They reached the site about 30 minutes after the accident.
Reports also said a bystander who tried to cover her with his T-shirt was beaten up and that when she tried to board a bus the passengers threw her back into the arms of of the mob.
A city-based association of African nationals pointed out that the second car arrived on the scene a full 30 minutes later and that they were not even remotely connected to the ones who were involved in the accident.
“She’s Tanzanian, the man who caused the accident comes from Sudan, they didn’t even know each other,” said Bosco Kaweesi, legal adviser, All African Students Union in Bengaluru. The Tanzanian woman alleged the police refused to register a case saying that they would take action only if she brought in the driver who ran over the 35-year-old woman.
She then reportedly told them she did not know about the accident and that she had nothing to do with that Sudanese student.The Tanzanian Embassy in New Delhi has sought a detailed report about the whole incident. The Bengaluru City Police have started an investigation.