A 19-year-old girl in Balaghat district was gang-raped by four men, who filmed the act and circulated an MMS. When the girl's father reported the matter to the village panchayat, it made the victim marry the main accused in the case - a 50-year-old married man.
The police got to know about the 'settlement' only after it started probing the MMS source. All four accused have been arrested.
"The girl's life was ruined, it was done for her welfare," said a panchayat member.
The girl and her father did not file any complaint against the panchayat members, the police said.