A 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped was tied to her suspected attacker and beaten while she was paraded though an Indian village by her family in order to shame her.
Harrowing video footage has emerged of the alleged rape victim being tied to the 21-year-old suspect with ropes, while a crowd chanted slogans and beat the girl in the Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh yesterday.
The girl was tied around her waist as dozens of men chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, which means ‘Long Live Mother India’.
The alleged rape victim’s family were among those who forced her to make the humiliating walk with her suspected attacker – who is married with two children – to shame her, local media reported.
A 16-year-old girl (left) who was allegedly raped was tied to her suspected attacker (right) and beaten while she was paraded though an Indian village by her family in order to shame her
Harrowing video footage has emerged of the alleged rape victim being tied to the 21-year-old suspect with ropes, while a crowd chanted slogans and beat the girl in the Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh yesterday
The girl was seen sat in front of her attacker with her head in her hands while surrounded by a crowd at one stage.
Six people, including the alleged rapist, were arrested by police after the video went viral and caused outrage.
Officers were able to free the girl when she was being paraded, police officer Dilip Singh Bilwal told local news agency PTI.
The girl was seen sat in front of her attacker with her head in her hands while surrounded by a crowd at one stage
He said two cases had been registered against the alleged rapist as well as family members and villagers.
‘One of the cases was registered against the 21-year-old man who is accused of rape,’ Mr Bilwal said.
‘Another First Incidence Report was registered against family members of the girl and villagers for parading her in the village and beating her.’
India’s abysmal record on sexual violence has been the focus of international attention since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus sparked nationwide protests.
In 2019, the country recorded 88 rape cases per day, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.
India’s top judge, Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, was facing calls to resign earlier this month after telling an accused rapist to marry his schoolgirl victim to avoid jail.
Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde attending the farewell ceremony of his predecessor in 2019. The top judge now faces calls to resign over remarks he made to an alleged rapist
His comments sparked a furore and prompted women’s rights activists to circulate an open letter calling for his resignation that has secured more than 5,200 signatures, campaigner Vani Subramanian said.
According to the letter, the man is accused of stalking, tying up, gagging and repeatedly raping the girl before threatening to douse her in petrol, set her alight and have her brother killed.
‘By suggesting that this rapist marry the victim-survivor, you, the Chief Justice of India, sought to condemn the victim-survivor to a lifetime of rape at the hands of the tormentor who drove her to attempt suicide,’ the letter said.
Victims in India are regularly subjected to sexist treatment at the hands of police and courts, including being encouraged to marry their attackers in so-called compromise solutions.
Meanwhile, last month, a college student who was found naked and severely burnt along a national highway in India has said she was set on fire by a gang of men who had attempted to rape her.
The unnamed woman was discovered lying along a national highway in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, police said at the time.
Superintendent of Police S Anand said the woman told investigators that three men had tried to rape her in a field near Rai Kheda village. When they did not succeed, they poured kerosene on the woman and set her alight.
The second-year BA student was admitted to a district hospital and later referred to the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Lucknow, where she continues to receive treatment, The Hindustan Times reported.