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Accused Rapist Killed In India

Members of a mob raise their hands to take photos of a man, top center, accused of rape, after he was lynched and hung in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, March 5, 2015. Several thousand people overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland on Thursday, and seized the rape suspect, whom they also accused of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh. They pelted him with stones and beat him to death, said police Constable Sunep Aier. (Imojen I Jamir/AP)
Members of a mob raise their hands to take photos of a man, top center, accused of rape, after he was lynched and hung in the city landmark Clock Tower in Dimapur, in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, March 5, 2015. Several thousand people overpowered security at Dimapur Central Prison in Nagaland on Thursday, and seized the rape suspect, whom they also accused of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh. They pelted him with stones and beat him to death, said police Constable Sunep Aier. (Imojen I Jamir/AP)

In India today, several thousand people stormed a prison and dragged away a man accused of rape and then killed him. Police said they pelted the man with stones and beat him to death.

The killing follows the controversy over a documentary by a British filmmaker about the 2012 gang rape and murder of a female student in Delhi. The filmmaker interviewed one of the convicted rapists and a court has banned the documentary from being aired in India.

BBC’s Rahul Tandon joins s Jeremy Hobson from Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) with details on both stories.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

  • Rahul Tandon, correspondent for the BBC in Kolkata. He tweets @rishavtandon.

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