Main suspect in India Assam girl assault held

Amarjyoti Kalita The police say Amarjyoti Kalita led the assault on the girl

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The police in India say they have arrested the main suspect in the assault of a teenage girl in northeastern Assam state.

Amarjyoti Kalita - an actor who played a policeman in a recent Assamese television serial - was held in the northern city of Varanasi on Monday.

There was outrage after footage emerged showing a mob of men attacking the girl in the city of Guwahati.

So far, 12 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The editor of a television channel, which first aired the video of the assault resigned over the broadcast last week.

Gauravjyoti Neog, the journalist who filmed the girl's ordeal, has also resigned to facilitate a "fair investigation" after facing allegations of voyeurism.

The incident has so angered residents of Guwahati that some have put up a billboard in a busy city area, demanding tough action against those involved.

Assam has a high rate of crime against women - 36.9 per 100,000 a year against the national average of 18.9.

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