India – Mob breaks into jail and lynches alleged rapist

Dimapur mob

This news report is disturbing. Even though this maybe a one off incident, the nature of the violence by ordinary citizens is reflective of the growing impatience of the law in swiftly dealing with rapists. We do not condone lynch mobs. And such acts by lynch mobs cannot and should not be tolerated.

News Report
Dimapur, Nagaland.

Syed Farid Khan, a 35-year-old second hand car dealer, had allegedly raped a 20-year-old Naga woman on February 23 and 24 at different locations. Police arrested Khan on February 25 and later a lower court sent him to judicial custody.

“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,” district police chief Meren Jamir told IANS.

He said Khan died after he was badly thrashed by the mob.

“The body was retrieved from the mob after police fired in the air to disperse them,” Jamir said


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