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Women beat 'rape politician' in India, strip his shirt off (+video)

Women beat 'rape politician': Angry over an alleged rape by the local leader of the ruling Congress party, men and women beat the politician before police took him in custody. The incident took place as women in India protest the gang-rape last month that left a woman dead.

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In a sign attitudes might be changing, and that even powerful men are being held accountable, police in India's northeastern state of Assam arrested a leader of the ruling Congress party Thursday on accusations he raped a woman in a village in the early hours of the morning.

Footage on Indian television showed the extraordinary scene of local women surrounding the politician, ripping off his shirt and repeatedly slapping him across the face. Before the women took off his shirt, several men are seen holding him and hitting him with a cane.

Police said the man, Bikram Singh Brahma, was visiting the village of Santipur on the Bhutan border when he entered a woman's house and raped her at 2 a.m. Amid the screams, villagers ran to the home and captured the man, said G.P. Singh, a senior police officer in the area.

"We are taking this issue very seriously," Singh said.

The people holding Mr Brahma initially refused to hand him over, according to the Times of India newspaper. They demanded officers record him confessing to the rape before he was taken away.

This arrest took place the day after the five men accused of raping a university student for hours on a bus last month as it drove through India's capital were charged with murder, rape and other crimes that could bring them the death penalty.

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