The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the Tikamgarh administration and the police on the suicide of a woman following a caste panchayat diktat to punish her for her alleged extra-marital relationship with a dalit man.
The 36-year-old woman was found hanging at her home at Bajarua Khari village on March 14 night, a few hours after the caste panchayat instructed her and her family to pay a fine of `5,000, bathe in the Ganga and hold a liquor party for around 30 villagers to atone her ‘sin’. She was also told to side-roll 12 km to the Kundeshwar Shiva temple seeking forgiveness.
Following media reports, the commission on Wednesday sought a report from Tikamgarh district collector Kedar Sharma and superintendent of police Nimish Agarwal within a fortnight, said LR Sisodiya, the commission spokesperson.
Police yet to arrest the seven accused
The police are yet to arrest the seven accused booked on charges of abetting suicide.
“All the accused have fled the village with their families. We are conducting raids in Bajarua Khari and adjoining places,” Tikamgarh Dehat police station in-charge Madhuresh Pachauri said.
The caste panchayat socially boycotted the accused for 12 years on March 15 for issuing the “extreme diktat.”
In the assembly on Thursday, Congress legislator from Rau Jitu Patwari demanded a thorough probe and strict action against the culprits.