Alleged Rapist Lynched By Mob In India

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Syed Farid Khan, 35, was incarcerated in the Dimapur Central Jail in Nagaland, India, on rape charges. He never got the chance to stand trial.

"A mob of around 4,000 people stormed the central jail after breaking the two gates and took the accused out of jail and paraded him naked to the city tower in the heart of Dimapur town, before we could rescue him from the mob," said district police chief Meren Jamir.

The New India Express reported Khan, a used car salesman who was suspected of illegally immigrating to India from Bangladesh, was accused of raping a 20-year-old woman from Naga several times. Some sources said he was involved in several other rape cases.

Khan was lynched after he was taken by the mob on March 5. "The body was retrieved from the mob after police fired in the air to disperse them," Jamir said.

District magistrate Wezope Kenye added, ”We have clamped curfew in Dimapur district to contain the law and order situation following the unfortunate incident.”

"... We resorted to firing blanks and tear gas shells to disperse the mob but they managed to pull out Khan from the jail," Kenye said. "The situation is tense and we are making all efforts to restore normalcy in the district.”

Rape is quickly becoming a hot button issue in India. A documentary about the gang rape of a young student in December 2012 has ignited India and there have been dozens of large protests against the epidemic of violence against women in the world’s second most populous country.

Sources: The Straits Times, The New India Express Image via Pond5