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Panchayat orders Muslim man, woman to leave Agra over sex video

india Updated: Aug 25, 2015 13:31 IST
HT Correspondent

A panchayat in Agra ordered a man and a woman to leave the city after a home-made sex video purportedly featuring them was uploaded on YouTube.

The man, from a well-to-do family, has left his home. The panchayat has given the woman 10 more days to leave her home because she belongs to an impoverished family. Both are Muslims.

The village council at Naai Ki Mandi area of Agra claimed the man and woman, in their twenties, had given the community a “bad name”. The panchayat spurned pleas for forgiveness from the families of the couple last week.

A police investigation established that the video was not uploaded on YouTube by the man or the woman. Police are looking for the former boyfriend of the woman’s elder sister as they believe he uploaded the video to take revenge for a complaint of molestation filed against him by the woman last year.

After the video appeared on YouTube, some people made CDs of it and distributed it in Agra.

A maulana of the Ansari community, which has a population of 10,000 in Agra, said the woman had "crossed all limits of propriety" and the boy had "sinned", according to a media report. The couple must be “ostracised” for their actions, he said.

Police officer Manish Singh said police have a copy of the CD, and have asked the man and woman to come to the police station with their families to record their statements.

Singh said police will be able to act on the panchayat's order only if they receive a complaint from the man or woman and their families.

Another police officer said there was no offence if the couple had uploaded the video with mutual consent. He further said a panchayat could not evict people from their homes over this issue.

There would only be an offence under the Information Technology Act if someone files a complaint, the officer said.