A curfew has been put in place in the north-eastern Indian city of Dimapur, Nagaland, after a rape suspect was dragged from jail, beaten and strung up.
The man, Syed Farid Khan, accused of raping a 19-year-old tribal woman multiple times was lynched from a clock tower Thursday.
A protest was followed by an angry mob storming the jail and managing to drag the suspect outside. He was dragged naked and beaten to death before being lynched. Some reports claim he was dragged seven kilometres tied to a motorcycle.
The size of the mob is estimated as between 1,000 and 90,000 people.
In late 2012 rape in India hit global headlines when a 23-year-old medical student and her male friend were attacked after they mistakenly boarded a private bus.
She was terribly beaten and raped by six men for a sustained period of time before both of them were thrown from the moving vehicle; he was also beaten in the attack. The woman subsequently died and the case resulted in widespread protests.
The world learned that rape in India is a common and often ignored occurrence and other cases began to make world news headlines.
But lynching a rape suspect is not the way forward.
As police in India responded to the lynching shots were fired and a 25-year-old man was hit, dying later. Police are trying to take control as tensions remain high. The curfew will stay in place until order is restored.
The rape suspect was of Bangladeshi origin and Bangladesh businesses in the region were attacked following his lynching.
A BBC documentary, Storyville: India’s daughter, which includes an interview with one of the 2012 rape suspects in jail, Mukesh Singh the driver of the bus, has been in the news this week. The Indian government has banned screenings of the documentary in which Singh verbally disrespects women. It also shows the aftermath of the 2012 rape.
Authorities in India cite reasons for banning the documentary such as the accused using the documentary to further his conviction appeal.
The documentary makers however are asking the ban be lifted and describe the programme as a "positive and powerful documentary touching on the freedom, dignity and safety of women."
According to the Times of India "there is "One rape every 30 minutes in India."
Graphic images of the lynched suspect are online; the mob almost gleefully recording the event. Times of India