Woman paraded naked on donkey on orders of Indian ‘Kangaroo Court’

Woman paraded naked on donkey on orders of Indian ‘Kangaroo Court’

Woman paraded naked on donkey on orders of Indian ‘Kangaroo Court’

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2014 | 10:03 am

A 50-year-old woman in Rajasthan was allegedly paraded naked on a donkey on the orders of a self-styled village court that decided that she was guilty of killing her husband’s cousin. Villagers reportedly chopped off her hair, blackened her face and stripped her as she kept pleading that she was innocent.

The incident had taken place in Rajsamand in south Rajasthan, where most villages defer to community councils or panchayats that are kangaroo courts with no legal status.

The woman’s sister-in-law had reportedly told the panchayat that her husband, who died on November 2, was murdered by her. The group pronounced the woman guilty, thrashed her with sticks and ordered her public humiliation.

Thirty-Nine (39) people, including nine from the woman’s family, have been arrested after the woman’s husband and son reported the incident to the police.

The 45-year-old woman was accused of killing her nephew. Source: BBC

The 50-year-old woman was accused of killing her nephew. Source: BBC

“The incident occurred at around 9 pm on Saturday. We have arrested 39 people under various sections of the Indian Penal Code in this regard and have provided security to the woman’s family,” Sudhir Joshi, a senior police officer told Indo-Asian News Service.

According to Indian police, the victim had been shifted to a nearby shelter where she is undergoing counseling as she is in a state of shock.

The accused have reportedly been booked for various charges including criminal intimidation and extortion.

The Rajasthan High court had ordered action against such community panchayats but in large parts of rural Rajasthan, their diktats are law.

Source: NDTV

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