On Sunday night, a Hindu mob in Begaluru, Karnataka (India) stopped a wagon carrying five students from Acharya College. A 21-year-old African student from Tanzania was dragged out of the wagon repeatedly beaten and made to parade around naked, reported by Deccan Chronicle, February 3, 2016.
When a concerned bystander tried to cover the naked girl with his T-shirt, he too was beaten while a few police constables at the scene didn’t help the Black girl. The girl tried to board another bus to escape the mob, some passengers of the bus threw her back into the arms of the Hindu mob.
She was mistaken for an African driver who 30-minute earlier had ran over and killed a 35-year-old Hindu woman in Hesaraghatta.
Later when the victim went to police station to lodge a complaint, the cops refused to register the case and asked her to bring the driver who ran over the local woman.
The accident created a diplomatic scandal between the two countries. Tanzanian High Commissioner in New Delhi has demanded investigation into the incident. On the other hand, Karnataka state Home Minister has called the news “a conspiracy” against the state government.
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka state is known as India’s “Silicon Valley”. The city attracts many students from African nations. There are over 150 African nationals living in Bangalore. It’s also home to the Tipu Sultan Fort of the Muslim ruler also known as Tiger of Mysore (1750-1799) in Indian history, and a major tourist attraction.
Beating, rapping and parading naked young girls and women is not new in India. For example, in August 2015, an all-male city council in Baghpat (UP) district punished a 15-year-old girl to be rapped in public and her older sister Meenakshi Kumari, 23, to be paraded naked – because their older brother ran away with a married Hindu woman.
In July 2007, a Hindu mob led by Bhujan Samaj Party (BSP) state minister attacked Muslim-majority village of Sirsia. The mob beat all Muslims, burnt a number of houses of that village. The most heinous is that several Muslim women were sexually assaulted and a few of them paraded naked (here). Why? Because, a Muslim boy from the village was suspected of dating a Hindu girl from a neighboring village.
Last year, BJP ruling party leader Yogi Adityanath, a close friend of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (see standing next to Modi in photo above) gave a fatwa that rapping a dead Muslim woman is kosher.