Bengaluru: Parameshwara denies Tanzanian woman was stripped; 5 arrested

Bengaluru: Five persons have been arrested for the alleged assault and
stripping of a Tanzanian woman here with the Karnataka government today saying it viewed the incident “seriously” but rejected suggestions that it was a racial attack.

As the incident on Sunday night took a serious diplomatic turn, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said five men had been arrested and that Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj spoke to him. A report would be sent to her, he said.

“Case has been registered, five of them (accused) have been arrested. Sushma Swaraj also spoke to me, I will also be sending her a report through my Chief Secretary,” he told reporters at “Invest Karnataka 2016”, a global investors meet, here.

The Chief Minister said he has asked the police to conduct an inquiry on why complaint was not taken immediately.

“I have asked them to take action against officials if there is any fault on their part,” he said.

The 21-year-old Tanzanian woman student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car here.

She was reportedly dragged out of the car in which she was seated along with her three friends when she reached the accident spot mistaking them to have caused the fatal accident though a Sudanese was involved in it, police said.

Swaraj had described it as a “shameful incident” and spoken to Siddaramaiah, seeking stringent punishment for the guilty, while the High Commission of Tanzania had sent a Note Verbale to the External Affairs Ministry on the issue.

Voicing concern over the incident, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today sought a report from the Karnataka government, according to party General Secretary Digvijay Singh, in charge of Congress affairs in the state.

“Rahul Gandhi asks Karnataka Govt to explain and send report immediately,” Singh said in a series of tweets.

But asked if the Congress high command has sought a report, Siddaramaiah said, “Why will high command seek report on everything? It is you people who are saying…”

State Home Minister G Parameshwara told a press meet here that five persons had been arrested and more arrests would follow depending on the inquiry. The minister, who named the victim, denied that the Tanzanian woman was paraded naked saying, “No such thing happened.”

He also said, “This is definitely not a racial attack” and maintained that the incident was a response to an accident that had happened earlier, in which a Sudanese driving a car in an alleged drunken state had mowed down a woman and injured her husband seriously.

Noting that the government has taken the case “seriously”, he said, “If there are any lapses on the part of police officials, we will take very serious action, including suspension.”


  1. Modi is trying hard to win-over international community, while our congress govt in karnataka is busy sidestepping attacks on africans. Where are the shameless kujliwals and award wapsi brigades?

    • Modi is trying hard to win-over international community… – Deepaka Shetty

      Aloo.. Deepaka,

      It looks like he didn’t try hard enough! Take a look;

      The Narendra Modi government has had depressingly few achievements so far on the domestic front. Economic reform, so greatly — and perhaps exaggeratedly — anticipated by many of Modi’s supporters on the non-Hindutva right, has scarcely had its tummy tickled.

      It doesn’t help the PM to have such a rabble of intellectual lightweights in his Cabinet. There’s no one on his political team making the case for deregulation with any vim. And it hasn’t helped that the PM spends so much more of his own time campaigning at elections than on the tasks of fiscal governance for which he was so resoundingly elected.

      Had the Indian government not had the accidental windfall from depressed global oil prices, the country’s economy would be giving us all some heavy-duty heartburn. But cheap oil has allowed the government to coast, and to shrink from hard decisions. India will pay a price later.

      • Just to be clear, India supporting Nepalese government when it doesn’t enjoy the confidence of a vast percentage of its own citizens, and especially if those citizens are of Indian origin, doesn’t look right.

    • From what I have observed on the television channels, the Chief Minister of Karnataka does not appear to have touch with the people, appears to be an arrogant person having an exaggerated importance of himself and living in an ivory tower. This sort of attitude is okay for political leaders from countries enjoying very high per capita incomes and not a country where the per capita income is just hovering around US $ 1,600, irrespective of India being touted as the fastest or second fastest growing economy. India will never have a high standard of living, just because of the fact that we are a highly populated country with high density of population.

      The true indicators of the health and well-being of any country is its per capita income and least disparities in wealth It is no use having billionaires at one end of the scale and unfortunate people scavenging for food at the other end of the scale. Politicians have to realise that this is a recipe for disaster and could lead to riots and uprisings, e.g. French, Russian and Iranian revolutions. Hungry stomachs can be very dangerous. I wonder how many Indian politicians are conversant with history and as Field Marshal Manekshaw said, can they differentiate between a guerilla or gorilla and mortar and motor? I wonder.

      The stripping and beating of a Tanzanian female is very shocking incident that various television channels must have been beamed in many countries, which will certainly create a negative impact of India and Karnataka. Yes, it is a fact that Africans can be a bit wild lot and drink beer in public. In that case, the aggrieved parties should inform the police and ensure that they take action, rather than indulging in “gunda raj.

      In Singapore, beer and alcohol bottles are openly sold in cold stores, kirana shops, etc. and the laws are well defined and the olice and politicians, unlike India, are not corrupt, but assertive and professional. Therefore, Singapore is a very peaceful country and an advanced economy.

      The Chief Minister of Karnataka should be ashamed of himself.

  2. Earlier it was with N E guys. Now with Tanzanians. But no award wapsi. No protest. No visits . No interviews of the victim.

    • Praveena take some burnol cant digest modi….LOL – Deepaka

      Aloo Deepaka,

      Burnol – because I can’t “digest” your Podi? You kidding me? I might as well pop in some Tramadol. 🙂

    • Deepaka,

      Following a long-term ‘expose’, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is planning a literal cover-up job. According to an organisation spokesperson, if all goes according to plan the Sangh’s volunteers might soon shed the khaki pleated shorts that were a signature part of their uniform, in favour of full-length trousers.

      While the official reason being put out for the proposed change is that the new dress code might have greater appeal for the country’s youth – which is being assiduously wooed by the outfit – sceptics could suggest that the baggy shorts, which expose hairy shins and knobbly knees, lend themselves to metaphorical leg-pulling by critics.
      ದೀಪಕ, ಈರ್ ಪೊಸ RSS ಕುಂಟು ಪೊಲ್ಲಾಯಾರ? Bokka rampa… eer? 🙂

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