Barely 60km from the national capital, a 25-year-old man from a village in Bhojpur, Ghaziabad, was allegedly beaten up and forced to drink urine as punishment during a panchayat on February 14. His crime — he allegedly peeped into houses in a drunken state on February 10.
Shamed and humiliated publicly, the man tried to commit suicide and then left his house with family. According to villagers, the man is an alcoholic and he peeped into rooms of houses of “influential men”.
It is alleged that women were inside the house and objected to his move. The men lodged a police complaint at Bhojpur police station and later decided to teach him a lesson. They called him to a panchayat on the afternoon of February 14.
“There were around 100-200 people in the panchayat. The man was beaten up and forced to drink urine. Thoroughly humiliated, he tried to commit suicide but was saved by the locals. Since then, he and his wife have fled the village,” said Shahid Chaudhary, gram pradhan.
“The man went to his house and poured kerosene on himself and tried to set himself afire. But locals barged in and saved him. He is a habitual alcoholic and had peeped into houses before as well. Then too he was beaten up. His family has fled and we don’t know where they are,” said Kamlesh Devi, another resident.
Villagers said that during the panchayat, the man was also beaten with slippers by women.
After the incident, the wife of the victim gave a written complaint at Bhojpur police station but the officers failed to act. On Friday, when senior officers in Ghaziabad city came to know of the incident, they ordered an FIR against the accused.
“We have lodged an FIR. The accused persons have alleged that the man peeped into houses. The panchayat was held to solve the issue and the victim was ready to accept that he was at fault. We will also provide him protection if he comes forward. We have told the Bhojpur officials to take up the investigation at the earliest,” said Salmantaj Patil, officiating senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.
Officials said an FIR was lodged at Bhojpur police station against the accused persons under section 352 (assault), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 500 (defamation) of the IPC.