Tanzanian woman was not stripped, paraded naked: Karnataka Home Minister

Speaking on the attack of a Tanzanian woman, Karnataka home minister read out the woman's complaint, saying nowhere does it mention that she was stripped and paraded naked.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2016 11:32 am
Tanzania woman, Tanzania woman attack, woman attacked in bengaluru, car attack, car set ablaze, car fire The Tanzanian woman alleged that she was stripped and forced to walk naked in public by a mob that went on a rampage and set fire to her car after a road accident in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Home Minister G Parmeshwara on Thursday said that a Tanzanian woman student – who alleged that she was attacked and  her car was burnt by a mob – was not stripped and paraded naked in Bengaluru.

Facing a volley of questions at a press conference, Parmeshwara said those responsible for the attack will not be spared and that the case has already been transferred to the crime branch.

“Some more arrests are going to be made depending on the inquiry. The case has been transferred to the Central Crime Branch for investigation,” he said, adding that there was no racism behind the attack and it was ‘just a response’ to an earlier accident.

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“Bengaluru doesn’t have such kind of an attitude,” Parmeshwara said.

At the press conference, the minister read out the woman’s complaint, saying nowhere does it mention that she was stripped and paraded naked. He however maintained that this was according to preliminary reports and that a full report was expected in 48 hours.

He also said that the government was taking the case very seriously and that the DGP and the Commissioner of Police went to the spot on Thursday and  spoke to the affected students. “It’s clear we are taking this seriously,” he said.

Also read | Tanzania woman attack in Bengaluru: Police arrest 5, Siddaramaiah assures justice

Earlier on Thursday, the Bengaluru city police arrested five people following the complaint where the woman accused 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 that 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.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 4, 2016 at 9:10 am
    It says Karnataka Minister contradicts but why not Congress Minister like they do with every BJP party worker. Why isn't Congress plastered over the article
    1. S
      Feb 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm
      I came to know from intelligent people that the attackers are ABVP thugs along with BAJRANG DAL.
      1. Haradhan Mandal
        Feb 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm
        This types of incidents/accidents are trigger point/snap points for something else, some malaise somewhere else. Some people are emboldened and are attacking others very easily under the guise of road accidents/road rage. Bad driving/reckless driving, driving thru red lights, driving on wrong sides (at high speeds), Driving with modified 'silencer', driving at high speed in residential area and crowded area, honking at high speeds is not limited to African students alone. People are picking on easy target - One. and People get away with breaking law - and police just don't do anything in few special cases - second.
        1. F
          Feb 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm
          Some one needs to make that person or media accountable who came up with headline. If woman was not stripped then who came with that statement. Our media needs to be sensible and not go after making headlines. If this is about grabbing votes then these kind of publicity-seeking people should be put behind bar-whether it's bjp or Congress.. Because ultimately people of India pay for this.. Mostly NRI people living in Tanzania or other African countries will suffer. So please go after headline makers if the stripping report was wrongly reported.
          1. I
            Feb 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm
            Whether the student was stripped or not, catch all the perpetrators and start making an example out of them. India needs to regain its civility before it can truly progress.
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