The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.
Monica Patra, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
In a shocking turn of events, a 21-year-old Tanzanian girl had absolutely nothing to do with the car that ran over and killed a 35-year-old Bangalore resident on Sunday night. Yet, while the local police stood by and watched, she was repeatedly beaten and then stripped of all her clothes and made to parade around naked, after a Sudanese student’s car ran over a local woman in an entirely unrelated incident.
The four others she was travelling with were also assaulted , the scared students were forced out of the car and then the car was set ablaze. The driver of the second car was beaten up black and blue by the mob who then stripped the girl student. When someone from the crowd offered her a T-Shirt to save her modesty, that man too was beaten up by the mob. She later, with her torn clothes, tried to enter a BMTC bus that had slowed down nearby, but the passengers in the bus pushed her back down on to the road.
Bangalore is considered as one of the true cosmopolitans of India. A place which opens it’s arms to each and all. And when such crude behavior is seen in a city so loved by the youth of this country, a thought comes to mind “Did we lose the city amidst the rising intolerance?” .
The case was not of road rage but of racism. The Tanzanian students knew nothing about the Sudanese students who actually committed the crime, yet some how they were punished by the mob for belonging to the same continent .
Bangalore has a vibrant community of African students and rising violence against these students leads to National Shame. We must never forget the age-old code of conduct of Indians “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means “The Guest is Equivalent to God”.