A tribal panchayat in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh unleashed a cruel punishment to a married woman and her young lover, who had recently eloped to neighbouring Gujarat.
The 25-year-old woman, who is the mother of two children returned with a relative-cum-lover Kamlesh to their village after few hours. The duo were produced before the tribal panchayat, Sarpanch Dhan Singh on December 31. Both, the woman and Kamlesh were first beaten up publicly and then tonsured. Later, the woman was stripped and Kamlesh forced to wash her breasts. The entire episode went persistent, despite the women's husband opposing the horrifying act.
Surprisingly none from the village stood-up for this ugly act and the matter came to light only on Thursday, when the woman reported it to Udaigrah police. The case has been registered against 10 accused and raids are being conducted to arrest them.
CC: Madhya Pradesh State Women's Commission, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission, National Human Rights Commission