A 32-year-old woman was beaten, stripped and paraded naked in a village in Maharashtra for allegedly having an extramarital affair with a veterinary doctor. The veterinarian was also beaten and stripped.
The assault and humiliation, which lasted several hours, took place at Nanded village in the district of Jalgaon, 650 km from Mumbai, on July 19.
So far, 12 people have been arrested for the assault, the police said on Saturday. “The victim has alleged that she was assaulted by a group of 13 people. A case has been registered against all 13 accused,” said Vijay Patil, a police constable.
According to witnesses, the victim’s husband was away when a local veterinarian, Vijay Chowdhary (47), visited her. A group of men, suspecting them of having an illicit affair, dragged the duo out of the house and thrashed them. The group then stripped them naked and paraded them in the village.
“Women and children also joined the mob and jeered at the duo,” Patil said.
Some villagers even clicked their nude photographs.
“Initially, the victim was so scared, she didn’t register a complaint. But when she learnt that some people intended to blackmail her using her nude pictures, she filed an FIR,” said collector Niranjan Sudhanshu.