In an inhumane act, a panchayat in Jharkhand's Gumla district on Sunday evening punished a young tribal woman, for allegedly having illicit relation with her brother-in-law, by parading her naked and tonsuring her in public.
The incident took place in the Itkarihath Adar village under the Ghagra-police- station area, around 100 km west of Ranchi. Malti Oraon (name changed), 29, a mother of three, on the panchayats orders was also pelted by villagers, while some of the woman folk kicked and beat her.
The victim was admitted to the Ghagra primary health center by the police.
In her statement to the police, Malti said, "I was dragged, stripped and beaten. Then I was paraded. I had close bonding with my brother-in-law, Sibu Oraon. My husband and villagers put it in the panchayat as an illicit relation."
"They were not satisfied and alter pelted stones at me," said Malti. An FIR was lodged by the victim at the Ghagra-police-station against her husband, Suresh Oraon and six others on Monday.
Police said that villagers accused that Malti had developed an affinity towards Suresh as they both worked in the same brick kiln.
"She has been housed in the police station. The six accused, including the panchayat members, are on the run," said Ghagra sub divisional officer, Deepak Kumar.
This is not the first time in Jharkhand that a woman has been stripped and beaten. Each year, as per police records, there are at least four such incidents in the state's tribal heartlands.
Chairperson women's commission, Mahua Manjhi, could not be reached for a comment on the case.
In most cases woman blamed for having illicit relations are banished from the village or osterized.