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Women beat 'rape politician' in India (VIDEO)

Indian politician Bikram Singh Brahma is accused of rape. Footage shows villagers slapping him and removing his shirt.

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Indian protestors march behind a banner as they take part in a candlelight procession in Guwahati on December 29, 2012, after the death of a gang rape victim from the Indian capital New Delhi. Indian leaders appealed for calm and security forces headed off fresh unrest by turning New Delhi into a fortress after a student who was savagely gang-raped died in a Singapore hospital. Police threw a ring of steel around the centre of the Indian capital after news of the 23-year-old medical student's death was broken in the early hours by the Singapore hospital that had been treating her for the last two days. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Another alleged rape is making news in India, but this time, the details are murkier.

A prominent Congress leader is accused of "seducing and subsequently raping" a married woman. The accusations come from the woman's husband.

It has yet to be established that the politician is actually guilty of rape, but authorities have apprehended him.

"Bikram Singh Brahma, Congress coordinator of Bodoland Territorial Council, has been arrested after being caught by the victim's husband when he was raping the woman," a police spokesman told India Today

The initial allegation prompted villagers to take the law into their own hands. Video footage shows men and some women hitting and beating Brahma. Later in the video, a group of women is shown removing Brahma's shirt, while male villagers look on.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the alleged victim's husband is telling the truth, “or if this was a case of consensual sex,” a police official told the Wall Street Journal. Police say that Brahma had a friendly relationship with the woman he allegedly raped and that he had promised her a high post in Congress. He later visited the woman's home while her husband was gone.

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Unclear remarks by police have added to confusion over the exact accusations Brahma faces. "It seems that Brahma had been taking advantage of the woman for quite some time by giving her hopes that he would make her beneficiary of various government schemes," a police spokesman told the Hindustan Times.

Reporters could not seek comments from the woman because information about her has not been provided to the media, the Wall Street Journal said.

The new accusations come after a 23-year-old woman died last month following a horrific gang rape in Delhi. The story highlighted the widespread sexism and danger to which women in India are regularly exposed. The brutal rape provoked angry protests, which have now spread beyond India's borders to neighboring countries.

As Slate reported, men are also getting involved in the protests — but some are hurting the cause with patriarchal attitudes. "Some male protesters appeared steadfastly sincere," Slate says, "but many more seemed to be interested in protecting women in the more old-fashioned, oppressive way."

slashingtiger More than 1 year ago
Many members of India's parliment are Rapists, murderers, extortionishts, thives, etc. To be elected in India you have to be a major bad guy or girl. You cannot be in politics in India and be a goody 2 shoes. So no surprise here.
Not Just AThought More than 1 year ago
Is the growing number of women and men being fed up a surprise?
Shee Shee More than 1 year ago
For raping a women, those villagers should have beat that nasty corrupt politician better then that. He got off easy if you ask me.
vzoooom More than 1 year ago
If everyone treat the same way these people treat FCUKin culprit than those days wont be far enough when our Indian girls would be as dominating as other countries….Jago Bharat Jago! Fight For Our Rights!
Marcoz More than 1 year ago
poor guy raped by those ugly females!
Ben Engelhard More than 1 year ago
He went there while the husband was away. Friendly relationship? Then come visit both the husband and the wife at the same time. Visiting a wed woman alone is a big no no. In some places more than others and considering their ideological views; BIG no no.
Dark Horse More than 1 year ago
All politicians are unworthy of oxygen. After serving in office, all politicians should be convicted of felonies & sent to prison. 2 things will happen: prisons will get a lot more comfortable & less people will be looking for re-elections. For every year in office, equal time behind bars.
Jeff More than 1 year ago
Why do protests in other countries always have posters in ENGLISH?!?
Angelia More than 1 year ago
Most other countries have the second language of English. That is the only reason I can think of. Most people in the world know how to either speak or read English, so if you want to get a point across to as many people as possible why not say it in a language most know.
Queenie Baxter More than 1 year ago
Jeff, India was ruled by Great Britain from the 1880s until 1947. They know English, that's why.
biju b More than 1 year ago
it will take jeff a while to get it!!!.... JEFF IS ITALIAN!!!