‘She was not stripped of, not paraded naked’

car-bengaloreKarnataka government has made it clear that the Tanzaninan girl- who was beaten and chased on Sunday evening was not stripped of and paraded naked. State Home Minister G Parameswara said the 21-year-old girl may have been pushed around but not paraded naked. “It was not a racial attack. Mob reacted violently after another accident and the response was just for that, he added. 

As the issue has snowballed into an international one, Centre  intervened and sought for a factual report on the incident. External Affairs ministry has been monitoring it and promised Tanzanian government of justice.

Five accused were being interrogated by police officials in connection with The minister said that five accused are being interrogated by police officials in connection with the case and added that the state government has informed the ministry of external affairs about the incident. G Parameshwara said such incidents are quite common as there have been over 12,000 foreign students in Bengaluru alone and the state government is taking utmost care for their protection.

The Tanzanian girl was out on Sunday evening along with three of her friends. Exactly half-an-hour earlier, a Sudanese student travelling in another car has hit a family walking on the street mowing down a 35-year woman Taj Shabana. This has infuriated the mob who resorted to rioting and in the process, has stopped the car carrying Tanzanian women and allegedly stripped of one of the students.

The lady complained that her T-shirt was torn and she was literally naked. “The policeman who was at the wayside did not come to rescue me inspite of repeated requests, the woman charged. “My friends and I hopped onto a bus. But the driver and passengers were also not cooperative. The passengers pushed us outside. The driver didn’t move.  We were at the mercy of the mob. A passerby who offered me a T-shirt was also attacked.

The rioting crowd has set the car ablaze. But the Home Minister denied police inacton and said an FIR was lodged and the women’s statement was also recorded.

Medaram Jathara

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