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Woman panch paraqded naked in Bihar

A woman ‘panch’ of gram kutchehri, Chania Khatoon, was reportedly stripped and assaulted by a ‘powerful’ person of the village, reports RN Sinha.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2007 01:20 IST
RN Sinha

A woman ‘panch’ of gram kutchehri, Chania Khatoon, was reportedly stripped and assaulted by a ‘powerful’ person of the village, Maulana Alauddinin Siswa village under Banjaria police station of Motihari. She was chased on the road and beaten up by the accused.

Her onlly fault was that she did not allow Allauddin, her neighbour, to build a house on the plot of land where her hut was located. Alauddin reportedly wanted to grab the land located adjacent to his house.

A case has been lodged in this regard, said Ram Pukar Singh, officer-in-charge of Banjaria police station, on Sunday.
Khatoon said that Allauddin and her henchmen had threatened her in the past also. She raised the issue with the authorities but they did not take any step to prevent them.

Although, Chania Khatoon is an elected member of the gram kutchehri, this mother of two minor children earns her livelihood working as a maidservant in the neighbouring houses. Khatoon’s husband has also abandoned her.

Police have registered a case and launched a manhunt for Khatoon's tormentors, who were absconding. "We have prayed for the issuance of warrant in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. We would seek the property attachment orders in a day or two, if the accused could not be arrested," the officer-in-charge said.

It is not the first time when a woman was stripped in full public view and assaulted. In the recent past, several such cases have been reported from different parts of the district. On every occasion, the victims were either stripped and paraded naked or their heads tonsured. Some of them were even forced to eat human excreta in front of co-villagers.

Before the Siswa incident, a woman, Vidya Devi, Bhelahi under Palanwa police station, was paraded naked following a land dispute. And despite orders from the then SP, the FIR could be lodged about three weeks after the incident.

Under the same police station, a woman was publicly assaulted and forced to eat human excreta for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Similarly, in two different cases lodged with Patahi police station, Parvati Devi and Lakhi Devi were gang raped, assaulted and abandoned in village fields. Most of these cases could be registered after prolonged agitation.

Some of the victims had to compromise due to pressure and police inaction, lamented Kiran Sharma, central chairperson of Vishwa Nari Jagriti Manch, here on Monday. Besides, three more cases of the similar nature were also reported from Dumariya Ghat, Adapur and Pakridayal areas during the past couple of years.