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Definitely not a racial attack: Karnataka government

4 Feb 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

The Karnataka government facing outrage over the mob attack on the Tanzanian student said that the incident was sad but denied the woman's claims that "she was stripped and paraded".

Moreover, the government said that the attack was "definitely not a race attack" as it was being portrayed.

Karnataka Home Minister said that "if the accident hadn't happened, this could have been avoided".

In context: Tanzanian student attacked by mob in Bengaluru

3 Feb 2016Tanzanian student a victim of 'mistaken identity'

A 21-year-old Tanzanian student was allegedly 'stripped and paraded' by locals in Bengaluru.

The locals suspected that she was part of an accident in which a Sudanese driver had run over a 35 year old local woman, killing her.

The Tanzanian student claimed she arrived at the scene 30 minutes later and that she was pulled out of a moving car and thrashed.

Woman calls the attack racial

In her complaint the woman alleged that the attack was racial as the cop had told her that "you all look alike and should get the black man who ran over a woman in the area'".
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4 Feb 2016Opposition, NCW demand swift justice for assaulted student

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi condemned the attack on the Tanzanian woman and sought a report from the Karnataka government at the earliest.

Digvijay Singh who is responsible for Congress affairs in Karnataka also demanded that the culprits get punished.

Even Shamina Shafiq, a former National Commission for Women (NCW) member expressed anger at the country's legal system where the culprits roam around freely.

4 Feb 2016Karnataka government arrests 5; more arrests likely

Karnataka Home Minister G Parmeshwar said that 5 people linked to the attack on the Tanzanian college student have been arrested.

He said that this was a 'serious' case and more arrests were likely.

With more than 2,000 foreign students in the state, the minister said that it was the duty of the government to protect them and the case won't be taken 'casually'.

Swaraj tweets her response to the attack

Swaraj tweeted saying: "We are deeply pained over the shameful incident with a Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru. I spoke to the Chief Minister Karnataka. He informed me that a criminal case has been registered and four accused have been arrested."

4 Feb 2016Tanzania reacts to the incident

Reacting to the incident, the Tanzanian government has written to the Indian Foreign Ministry urging them to take strict action against the offenders.

The Tanzanian High Commissioner John Kizagi has claimed that the woman and her friends were assaulted "simply because they were black".

He further criticised the event saying that such things should not take place "in the 21st century."

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4 Feb 2016Definitely not a racial attack: Karnataka government

6 Feb 2016Inspector, constable suspended in Tanzanian student case

1 Police Inspector and 1 constable were suspended after Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said that the Tanzanian girl manhandled by a riotous mob was left behind by a police patrol after which she was 'stripped' and beaten.

They were suspended for failing to inform their seniors about the volatile situation.

Furthermore, the police arrested 4 more persons in connection with the attack.