Fourteen people, including seven women, were arrested for allegedly beating up two tribal women and parading them naked with garlands of shoes in a village in Dhar district adjoining Indore on Sunday. They were arrested on Tuesday.
The two women were subjected to humiliation as they were suspected of helping a 19-year-old elope with a truck driver six days ago.
An assistant sub-inspector was also suspended for failing to properly treat the complaints of the victims.
The crime took place in Talwada village when the family of Smriti (name changed) summoned the two women to their house and beat them up. They tore their clothes and smeared ink on their faces before parading them around the village with garlands of shoes amidst the beating of drums, the police said.
Smriti finally returned home a couple of days ago, after which her family members lodged a complaint of abduction and rape at the Nalsa police station.
The truck driver had come in contact with the girl at a road construction site in the village.
Smriti is believed to have told her family that the women had helped her run away with her lover, following which the family retaliated.
Matters came to fore on Monday when the two women reached the Dhar district headquarters and narrated their tale to mediapersons.
“A probe found that assistant sub-inspector Indra Singh Nigwal had failed to include proper sections of the IPC (regarding parading the women naked) while filing the FIR,” Superintendent of Police Chanchal Shekhar told HT.
The officer was suspended and a detailed report was being awaited from a deputy superintendent of police assigned the probe, he said.