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Outrage in India over molestation incident

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NEW DELHI, July 14 (UPI Asia) – There has been a public outcry in India over the molestation of a girl by a mob in a northeastern state.

The incident, which was recorded and broadcast by a TV news channel, sparked a wave of angry popular reaction in the form of blog posts, tweets, calls to media outlets and public statements by prominent politicians, head of the state government and the minister in charge of India's internal security.

On July 9, a mob of about 30 men stripped, groped and beat up a 17-year old girl in full public view for nearly half an hour in the city of Guwahati in the northeastern state of Assam.

The incident was recorded and broadcast by a TV news channel and the recording went viral on the Internet.

The police has arrested four people out of the 13 suspects identified in relation with the incident and posters of the suspects have been plastered across the city.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi appointed a special task force on Saturday to investigate the incident and set a 48-hour deadline for the police to arrest the absconding suspects.

On Friday, Indian Home minister P. Chidambaram had condemned the incident and said that he would contact the state government to inquire about their reaction to the incident.

"I will certainly find out from the (Assam) Chief Minister what action he will take in the incident," Chidambaram said.

The incident has sparked a debate in the country over attitudes towards women and the failure of law enforcement agencies in preventing and properly dealing with the increasing number of violent crimes against them.
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