Women stripped and beat up an Indian politician arrested by the police on charges he raped a woman, The New York Times reported. The newspaper on January 4 said TV footage showed several women smacking Bikram Singh Bhrama, a member of the Congress Party in Assam, on the face and ripping off his shirt. Brahma reportedly raped the woman on January 2 while he was staying at her family’s house. The Indian police have separately charged 5 men with murder, kidnapping and rape following the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi which appalled the nation. Protesters have massed in Indian cities daily since the assault to demand the government and police take sex crimes more seriously, with tougher penalties for offenders and even chemical castration among measures being considered.
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