Rajasthan: Woman paraded naked on donkey

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2014 09:20 IST

A local court sent 35 people to jail and remanded four in police custody on Monday after they were arrested on Sunday night for torturing a woman since they suspected she was involved in killing her nephew.

The incident took place on Saturday when the local ‘khap’ of Thurval, a remote tribal village in Rajsamand district painted the face of a 45-year-old woman black, stripped her and paraded her naked on a donkey.

In the initial investigation, it came to light that a boy Vardi Singh of the village had died on November 2 under mysterious circumstances. He was cremated without any information to police, said Sweta Dhankar, SP Rajsamand. Some of the villagers and the deceased’s wife doubted that the woman, his aunt, had killed him.

"The matter went to the local community panchayat and a meeting was called where the woman was held guilty for killing her nephew and the ‘punishment’ was also decided for her,” the police said, adding that the victim was first stripped and forced to sit on a donkey with her face painted black.

Condemning an incident of atrocityagainst a woman in Rajasthan's Thuravad village of Rajsamand, Pradesh Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot today alleged that the law and order situation had deteriorated and women were not safe in the state.

In a statement here, Pilot said it was highly derogatory
and insulting to the human society that a woman was badly treated, beaten up, and paraded half-naked on a donkey's back on suspicion of a crime by villagers in Thuravad of Rajsamand district.

Mahila Congress chief and party spokesperson Shobha Oza told reporters here that it was unfortunate such incidents were happening in a state where a woman -- Vasundhara Raje -- was chief minister.

The victim, meanwhile, has been shifted to a shelter home for rehabilitation and counselling.

(With Agency inputs)

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