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Tanzanian woman assaulted: Incidents like these affect tourism, says Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma

NEW DELHI(PTI): Expressing concern over the alleged assault on and stripping of a Tanzanian woman in Bengaluru, Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on Thursday said such incidents affect the tourism industry.

“Law and order is a state subject but if something like this happens to any tourist, particularly a foreigner and lady traveller, we fall behind from the tourist point of view,” Sharma told reporters. He also called for “special efforts” toward safety of tourists, particularly foreigners and ladies.

A Tanzanian woman student was allegedly beaten up and stripped by a mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car in Bengaluru. After the brutal attack on a 21-year-old Tanzanian girl in Bengaluru, the often unspoken problem of racism in India has been called into question, in a country that prides itself on diversity.
On Wednesday, the young student was beaten up by a mob and then stripped, after they mistook her to be part of an incident involving a Sudanese man accused of running over a local woman.
In an earlier report, Legal Adviser at the All African Students Union, Bosco Kaweesi said, “This girl arrived at the spot 30 minutes after the accident from a different route. They saw the mob attacking the guy, who had caused the accident, the girl had no connection with him.” Adding she was violated in the “worst possible manner”.

Meanwhile, on a query on Sabarimala temple in Kerala, the Minister said the government is “considering highly” to put it in PRASAD scheme which is meant for developing pilgrimage centres.

As many as 13 cities — namely Ajmer, Amritsar, Amravati, Dwarka, Gaya, Kamakhaya, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Mathura, Patna, Puri, Varanasi and Velankanni — have been identified for development under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) by the Ministry of Tourism.

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