In a shocking incident, a teenage girl, hailing from Assam's remote Lohalibasti village, was yoked to a bull and forced to plough field by certain locals who believed it will end the dry spell in the region, police said on Monday.
Rupali Bhuyan (17) was tied to the yoke and the bull as part of a local belief that ploughing of a field by a teenage girl can bring rains, they said.
Her father was reportedly angry with her for being a girl and not being able to help him out in farming and gave consent to her undergoing the traditional practice, locally known as "langol", last week, police said.
The villagers, alongwith local priest Arjun Rajput, then allegedly forced Rupali to plough the field "to end the misery of the farmers due to the dry spell."
The Assam State Womens Commission has expressed concern over the incident and called for punishment of the culprits.