A tribal lady sarpanch was allegedly beaten and threatened by a group of nine people led by deputy sarpanch in Madhya Pradesh's Dewas district. Two of her sons were also injured in the attack.
As per the victim, the group led by deputy sarpanch Nanuram alias Nana Yadav even attempted to strip her and parade her naked through the village, but timely intervention by local villagers and police foiled their attempt.
The incident occurred around 11 pm on Thursday night at Chappada village under Bagli police station limits, about 55 km south of Dewas district headquarters.
Sarpanch Sorambai Rawat, 60, and her two sons - Dinesh (25) and Manohar (22) - were admitted to a government hospital in Dewas after they sustained injuries during the attack.
Dewas superintendent of police Abhay Singh said a case against all nine persons has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and other relevant sections of SC/ST Act.
The police have started a manhunt to nab all nine accused, who remain at large. A reward of Rs 10,000 also has been announced.
Rawat, who was elected as the village sarpanch in the last panchayat election held in January, informed that her deputy Nanuram was sarpanch at Chappada for a long time before being ousted after the seat was reserved for tribal women.
Bagli police said the accused Nanuram is a known history-sheeter in the area and recently had been externed from the village by the district superintendent of police.
Nanuram likely blamed the sarpanch for the action and decided to retaliate. On Thursday night, he, along with eight others, attacked Sorambai and her sons, grievously injured them.
According to the villagers, Sorambai's husband Omkarsingh Rawat too was sarpanch until he went missing, and later his body was found on the outskirts of the village under mysterious circumstances.