India has been rocked by another incident involving a mob of men attacking women and physically abusing them, this time in Mangalore, a coastal town in South India.
The video, which was suspiciously filmed by a local news channel, has received criticism not only from rights groups but top media individuals who claim, along with some police officers, that the incident was orchestrated by the local TV channel.
The incident is similar to a recent attack on a girl in Guwahati, who was attacked after leaving a pub by a group of 30 men. That incident was also captured by news channels, with the presenter and cameraman both resigning from their jobs after they were accused of excaberating the attack.
The incident reportedly happened at the Morning Mist resort which is located on the outskirts of Mangalore. The video showed the men barging into the rooms of the resort, pushing around and slapping the women.
The attackers, reportedly owing allegiance to a Hindu right-wing group, claimed that certain immoral activities were happening inside the resort which prompted them to act against the women reported the local channel TV9.
The police, who were alerted about the incident by the resort authorities, have arrested the assailants. The reporter of the channel, NewsLive, defended himself when asked why he didn't help the women, saying that when it became evident to him that he could not fight the mob, he "called another colleague and cameraperson to record the incident so the cops would have some evidence against the attackers" reported NDTV.