A 21-year old Tanzanian student was beaten, stripped off her clothing and forced to parade around naked by a lynch mob in Bengaluru. The absurd and downright disgusting incident occurred on Sunday, two days after a 35-year-old woman was allegedly run over by a car being driven by a Sudanese student.
According to Deccan Herald, the woman was killed on the spot, the car had hit motorcycles on Hesaraghatta Main Road in the city. The driver of the car,Mohammed Ismail, fled the scene. He was chased by locals, who attacked him. The locals set two cars on fire belonging to African students and thrashed two boys and a girl from Tanzania mistaking them to be Ismail’s (the driver) friends.
Deccan Chronicle reports that the 21-year-old, a second year Bachelors in Business Administration student from Acharya College, was beaten without mercy and stripped. She had arrived in another car to the scene with four others and had nothing to do with the accident, she was dragged out of the car and assaulted as the local police watched.
This other Deccan Chronicle report has named the hit and run assailant as Mohammed Ahad and says that he was returning home after a party. Ahad/Ismail’s car had hit two motorcycles and a car just a few meters close to the accident spot.
The News Minute reports that the angry mob burnt down a car — however, it is unclear as to whose car was burnt (the one that was the student’s or the one involved in the accident). Deccan Herald claims that the residents chased Ismail’s (Ahad) car, caught him, thrashed him and then set his car ablaze. Sify News claims that the mob also torched the second car along with their passports, ID cards, phones and ATM cards.
Bosco Kaweesi, legal advisor of All African Students Union told the journal that the mob thought the girl was with the same group (the ones who killed the woman) and forced them to come out of the car, “while three of her friends escaped, she was held by the locals, stripped, beaten up and paraded on the road,” he said. It is stated in Deccan Herald that police rushed to the stop, additional forces were deployed to ease the tension; locals staged demonstrations seeking action against African students. The locals claim that they are frequently involved in incidents of rash driving.
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