The Bengaluru city police arrested five people a day after a Tanzanian student filed a complaint accusing a mob of stripping her and forcing her to walk ‘without her top’ on the street, news agency ANI reported.
The alleged incident took place following a road accident earlier in the day, when a car driven by a Sudanese medical student hit a local resident, 35-year-old Sabeen Taj, who died in the accident, while her husband Sanuallah sustained injuries. The complaint was filed on January 31.
According to the woman’s complaint, a mob gathered that night and set on fire the Sudanese student’s car, as well as a car in which the Tanzanian student was travelling. While the Tanzanian student had not made allegations of being stripped by the mob in the complaint filed on Sunday, she did so on Wednesday, when police summoned her following media reports of the alleged incident. She alleged in her statement that “her top was removed” by the mob, police said.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah termed the incident ‘shocking’ and said a report has been sent to the foreign ministry.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who said she was ‘deeply pained’ over the incident, asked the Karnataka government to take stringent action against the guilty.
Tanzanian High Commissioner John Kijazi told ANI that the Indian government has assured action over the matter.
The incident took place at Ganapathinagar in north Bengaluru, where a number of African students live and study at local colleges.
Following the incident, the Tanzanian woman, a student of Acharya College in Soladevanahalli, informed an association of African students that she was stripped and forced to walk half-naked in public by the mob. She also alleged that a police constable present at the scene remained a mute spectator.
(With inputs from Bengaluru)