Pictures have emerged of a leading Indian politician being beaten by villagers after allegedly raping a woman in her home at 2am.
Congressman for Assam's ruling party Congress, Bikram Singh Brahma, allegedly raped a woman at Santipura village in lower Assam's Chirang district before being caught by villagers today.
It is another shocking sex crime against a woman in a country that is trying to come to terms with the gang rape and death of a 23-year-old student last week, for which six men currently face trial.
'People raised an alarm late last night after Congress leader Bikram Singh Brahma allegedly raped a woman,' Chirang Superintendent of Police Kumar Sanjeev Krishna told the Deccan Chronicle.
He is said to have been visiting the village of Santipur on the Bhutan border when he entered a woman's house and raped her.
Brahma, who is the Baksa district Congress Committee chairman and Congress coordinator of Bodoland Territorial Council, was then beaten up by men and women who ripped his clothes off.
He was later handed over to the police who arrested him,Superintendent Krishna said.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, said anyone found guilty of the heinous crime 'would not be spared, whether he is Congressman or not.'
'It is the most condemnable act. Anyone who commits rape or attempts it should be given stringent punishment,' he said, adding his government has been strict in handling such cases like the Guawahati molestation incident.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh said if Brahma is found guilty he will be expelled from the party.