En­voy part of Cen­tre’s probe team


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The Cen­tre an­nounced that a high-level team, which will in­clude the am­bas­sador of Tan­za­nia, will visit Kar­nataka to probe the mob at­tack on a young Tan­za­nian woman, who was al­legedly stripped, as­saulted and pa­raded naked last week, an in­ci­dent that prompted wide­spread re­vul­sion with many on so­cial me­dia call­ing it “racial as­sault”.

State home min­is­ter G Paramesh­wara added to the row when he blurted out the vic­tim’s name at a press con­fer­ence and con­tested her ac­cu­sa­tions, as Kar­nataka’s Congress-led govern­ment faced a bar­rage of crit­i­cism from op­po­si­tion par­ties and women’s rights groups though po­lice said they had ar­rested five sus­pects.

The in­ci­dent took place on Sun­day night when the woman and three other Tan­za­nian stu­dents were trav­el­ling in their car near a spot in sub­ur­ban Ban­ga­lore where a Su­danese driver had run over a woman min­utes ear­lier. The ex­ter­nal affairs min­istry said those be­hind the vi­o­lence would face strin­gent pun­ish­ment and gave as­sur­ances to African coun­tries about the safety of 5,000 stu­dents from the con­ti­nent in In­dia.

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