A woman was paraded naked in an Orissa village and beaten up mercilessly by five villagers over a land dispute, said a police official on Friday.
The incident occurred at Kundapatana village in the state's Jajpur district on July 5 but it came to light only after the victim's husband lodged a complaint with the local police much later.
There was reportedly a dispute over a piece of land between Narahari Sahu, the local village council chief and his neighbours, an official of the local Baruan police outpost said.
The neighbours -- Kahana Sahoo, Bhobi Sahoo, Paban sahoo, Adhira Sahoo and Babu Sahoo -- rushed into Narahari's house and tried to rape his wife Urmila as she was alone at home.
According to Urmila, when she raised an alarm, they ripped off her clothes and paraded her naked through the village streets in broad daylight.
When a few villagers tried to help Urmila, they too were beaten up by the five people.
The attackers also assaulted Narahari's mother-in-law Sabitri Sahoo, 60, who ran to her daughter's rescue after hearing screams for help.
Urmila has alleged that the attackers also looted gold ornaments worth over Rs 50,000.
Both the victims are undergoing treatment in a local hospital. All five attackers were arrested and produced before the court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate, Jajpur.
This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred in Jajpur district.
On April 20, a 35-year-old Dalit woman in the district's Rathia village was beaten up and paraded naked by four youths of the same village.
In a separate incident, a 50-year-old widow, Kamala Nayak and her son Ananta Nayak of the district's Kollasingh village were beaten up paraded naked by some villagers on November 10, 2005.