Citizens for Justice and Peace

‘I was beaten up for trying to rescue the girl who was stripped’

04, Feb 2016

K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj
Bengaluru, February 4, 2016
Tanzanian national recounts the ordeal he and a woman went through on Sunday evening, when a mob thrashed them
“The mob was so unruly that they chased the hapless girl for more than 20 minutes, beating her up, tearing her clothes, almost stripping her. When I tried to get her away from the spot, I turned a target too. The two of us were chased and beaten up,” Peter (name changed), a Tanzanian national, told The Hindu on Wednesday, recounting the ordeal he and a woman student went through on Sunday evening.
Peter, a postgraduate student of Acharya Institutes, Soladevanahalli, who was at his cousin’s place near Hesaraghatta that day, rushed to the spot after hearing about African students being thrashed by a mob, following an accident involving a Sudanese national, who allegedly mowed down a woman.
The victim, a 24-year-old management student of the same college, was passing by the accident spot in a car with two of her friends, when the mob blocked the car, dragged them out and thrashed them.“The girl and I tried fleeing from the spot, but to no avail. The mob had torn apart her dress and when I tried to offer her my shirt, they prevented me, beating me further. Even a local person, who finally gave her his T-shirt, was castigated,” Peter recalled.


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