- Video also shows drunk men thrashing the woman's male companion
- 22-year-old woman was going with Muslim man to medical centre: cops
- Police trying to solve the case on priority to avoid communal tensions
Police believe that the assault on the 22-year-old woman from the Garo community and her Muslim companion is a case of moral policing as the men thought the two were in a relationship and decided to take matters into their own hands.
"We have registered a case. 12 persons have been detained and we are trying to zero in on the main accused," said Amitabha Sinha, the top police officer in Goalpara told NDTV.
The police officer said the woman's marriage has been fixed and that she was going to a medical centre with the man when the drunk men spotted her, reported news agency PTI. The attackers sought an explanation from the woman for going out with another man, he said.
The foothills of Garo hills in Meghalaya and neighbouring Assam's Kamrup and Goalpara districts have a significant population of the ethnic Garo community and Muslims. Sources said police is trying to solve the case on priority and identify the culprits to avoid communal tensions.
(With inputs from PTI)
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