A largely peaceful state of Assam witnessed a shocking and shameful incident when a teenage girl’s modesty was tarnished by a mob in full public glare. The horrifying TV images of a 17-year-old girl been molested by a group of scornful men stirred the collective conscience of the nation. The shameful incident, which brought disrepute to Assam, took place on July 10 in front of a bar on the bustling Guwahati-Shillong Road. A video of the unfortunate incident uploaded on YouTube later triggered massive hue and cry.
What came as a further shock was revelation that a local journalist allegedly orchestrated the entire molestation incident to garner some news footage. The state police, which initially made conflicting statements and faced criticism for failing to crack the case, finally succeeded in nabbing the real culprits, including the prime accused Amar Jyoti Kalita. Later, eleven of the 16 accused were convicted by the court and sentenced to two years imprisonment. However, the reporter was let off for lack of evidence.