EAM condemns attack on Tanzanian student, calls for stringent punishment

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New Delhi, Feb. 3 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday condemned the attack on the Tanzanian student in Bengaluru, and asked for stringent punishment for the guilty.

“I have asked the Chief Minister (Siddaramaiah) to ensure safety and security of all foreign students and stringent punishment for the guilty,” EAM Swaraj said in a tweet.

“I spoke to the Chief Minister Karnataka. He informed me that a criminal case has been registered and four accused have been arrested,” she added.

Expressing her grief over the incident, Swaraj said, “We are deeply pained over the shameful incident with a Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru.”

Meanwhile, the Bengaluru Police on Wednesday filed an FIR against some unknown persons in connection with the assault on a 21-year-old Tanzanian student.

The Tanzanian student was beaten and then stripped by a group of locals in Bengaluru after they assumed she was part of an incident in which a Sudanese man had run over a local woman.

“This girl arrived at the spot 30 minutes after the accident from a different route. They saw the mob attacking the guy, who had caused the accident, the girl had no connection with him,” Bosco Kaweesi, Legal Adviser, All African Students Union told the media here.

Kaweesi further said the victim was assaulted in the worst possible manner.

The incident took place on Hesaraghatta Road in Bengaluru on Saturday night after a Sudanese national ran his car over a 35-year-old woman resulting in on the spot death of the woman.

The Tanzanian student was travelling in another car, a Wagon-R, along with four others. The young woman, who arrived on the spot around 30 minutes later, was dragged out of the car and paraded naked after being stripped by the mob.

The victim told the police in her complaint that when she tried to get on a bus in order to escape the assault, people on the bus pushed her back towards the mob.

Earlier, the local residents set fire to two cars belonging to the African students, who studied in local colleges in Ganapathinagar on Hesaraghatta Road. (ANI)

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