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MEA team to reach city today

FEW days after a Tanzanian woman was attacked in Bengaluru, the Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) has decided to send a team comprising the Tanzanian High Commissioner and senior MEA officials to Bengaluru.

The decision was taken at a meeting convened by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has described the incident as shameful. Terming the incident as isolated, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said it was result of a chain reaction following a road accident in which a woman was killed. He said the incident should not be generalised.

“ The ministry has received the report from the state police commissioner, who has assured that stringent measures were being taken to prevent occurrence of such incidents,” Swarup said.

“ We condemn the incident unequivocally. A team is leaving for Bengaluru tomorrow ( Friday) which will have the Tanzanian High Commissioner John W H Kijazi, who is also the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, along with ministry officials including Joint Secretary ( States),” Swarup added.

Meanwhile, taking suo motu cognisance of the incident, the National Commission for Women ( NCW) has sent a notice to Karnataka government, seeking a report and immediate action on the matter. NCW member Sushma Sahu condemed the incident and said, “ We are trying to promote the country globally and for that we have to ensure safety of people coming from other countries.” Taking a political development, the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) targeted Congress for covering up the incident and also questioned Rahul Gandhi’s silence over the incident.

“ Such a big incident has happened and so much time has passed, still Rahul and Congress are silent for something that has happened under the very nose of their government there. This shows how they play hypocritical politics,” Union Minister and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

A 21- year- old Tanzanian woman was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob and her car set afire in a case of mistaken identity after a woman was mowed down in the city.

( With PTI inputs) Pedestrians walk past the spot where a mob attacked a Tanzanian woman and set her car ablaze on Sunday.

By Mail Today Bureau in New Delhi