|Lynched: The gang overpowered security at the Central Jail in the city of Dimapur and grabbed the man before beating him to death. It is unclear whether he is dead in this shocking image|
This is the shocking moment a violent mob broke into an Indian prison and kidnapped an alleged rapist before stripping him naked and beating him to death in front of a jeering crowd. Taking justice into their own hands, the gang today overpowered security at the Central Jail in the city of Dimapur and grabbed the man, who allegedly raped a female student multiple times last month.
According to local media reports, he died while being dragged four miles through the streets as people beat and pelted him with stones. The horrific attack on the man, who had not been convicted of rape, comes amid rising anger over the high rate of sexual violence in the country.
|Shocking: The man allegedly raped a student from a local women's college multiple times in February and he was arrested a day later|
He has been identified as a 35-year-old used car trader, according to The Indian Express. The man allegedly raped a student from a local women's college on February 24, and he was arrested a day later.
'A mass protest rally against the rape was held at Dimapur this morning after which students and angry people forced into the district jail and managed to pull out the accused,' the Press Trust of India news agency said. It has been reported the crowd tore down two gates before dragging him to the town's clock tower.
|Accused: The alleged rapist has been identified as a 35-year-old used car trader, according to The Indian Express|
|Protesters: A mass rally was held in Dimapur today by those who oppose the rape of a student last month|
It's said they also set fire to homes and shops in an area where the suspect ran his business. Several people were injured when police used batons and opened fire, while officers were hurt when the mob pelted them with stones in Nagaland state in northeast India. The police later removed the man's body. 'The situation is very tense,' town police superintendent Meren Jamir told the Hindustan Times. 'We are trying our very best to restore order.'
India is already in midst of a raging controversy over a government order to ban the broadcast of a documentary about the December 2012 gang-rape of a young student. The incident, which sparked outrage both in India and around the world, highlighted the frightening level of violence against women in the country.
Horror: The crew obtained an interview with killer Mukesh Singh, who said the student was to blame
The Indian government has also asked YouTube to block access to the documentary, claiming that its broadcast violated certain key agreements with the filmmaker. But the Delhi gang-rape victim's father has called on all countrymen to watch the documentary, which showed his daughter's killer blaming the student for 'being out at night'.
India's Daughter was described as the 'bitter truth' by the young woman's father after it quoted the views of her rapist Mukesh Singh, who is on death row over the 2012 attack. The film by award-winning Briton Leslee Udwin, who produced 1999 indie hit East is East, was due to air on the BBC and Indian news channel NDTV to mark International Women's Day this Sunday.
But it was dropped by NDTV following the ban and the BBC brought forward its screening to last night, citing a strong public interest. Today India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh vowed there would be consequences for the Corporation, telling NDTV: 'We had asked to not release the documentary but BBC still released it.
'We will investigate and the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) will take action accordingly. The conditions have been breached so action will be taken accordingly. I won't comment any further.' The hour-long documentary aired as part of the long-running Storyville series on BBC Four, and is believed to have been accessed by many in India online. Today the victim's family showed their support for the film, saying the rapist's comments had to be be exposed because they expressed how many people still think.
|'Everyone should see it': The father of the New Delhi bus gang-rape victim (pictured left with her mother) has urged his countrymen to watch a BBC documentary on the crime despite India's government banning it|
'I don't care what the government does, bans the film, doesn't ban the film, the only thing I know is that nobody is afraid,' she said. 'It is not only Mukesh who thinks like this.'The victim's mother added she did not object to the ban but believed Singh's views were widespread in India.
Mukesh Singh was one of five men convicted over the rape and murder of the physiotherapy student, who was lured aboard a bus along with a friend in December 2012. Once inside, bus driver Singh, his brother Ram, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, 20, bus cleaner Akshay Thakur, 28, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta, 19, and an unnamed teenager launched the attack. The attackers beat her friend and took turns raping the woman. They penetrated her with a rod, leaving severe internal injuries that caused her death.
She died a fortnight later after suffering terrible injuries to her abdomen, genitals and intestines. Her death prompted mass protests and led to speedier trials and tougher penalties for rape.