Congress leader Bikram Singh Brahma accused of rape, being slapped and kicked by public:
The ruling Congress party in India’s Assam state has suspended a politician accused of rape after he was set upon and beaten by crowds in a village.
A crowd captured Bikram Singh Brahma, the member of the Congress Party in Assam, after he allegedly raped a woman while he was staying at the family’s house on Wednesday night.
Although the crowd initially refused to hand Brahma over to the authorities until he made a public confession, police eventually took him into custody, according to the Times of India.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said his action was “condemnable” and he should be punished.
Pressure has grown for tougher action on rape since a woman was attacked in Delhi on 16 December and later died.
Five men have been charged with the kidnap, gang-rape and murder of the 23-year-old, whose name has not been released.
The government has set up a committee under a retired Supreme Court judge to recommend changes to the law on rape.