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Woman, paramour tied to tree, beaten up on panchayat orders in Bihar

The 30-year-old woman and her 27-year-old lover were rescued by police in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district only after the video of the incident went viral on social media.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2017 12:30 IST
Ajay Kumar
Ajay Kumar
Hindustan Times, Muzaffarpur
The woman and her paramour tied to tree in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. (HT photo)

A married woman and her paramour were tied to a tree and mercilessly beaten up, allegedly on the orders of a village panchayat in north Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.

The panchayat at Gopinathpur village in Motipur block, 95 km north of Patna, ordered that the lovebirds be tied to a tree and beaten up after they were caught in a compromising position on Wednesday when the husband of the woman was away.

The 30-year-old woman and her 27-year-old lover from neighbouring Sitamarhi district were held hostage for about 20 hours by a mob of nearly 100 villagers, which complied with the panchayat orders, and rescued by police only after the video of the incident went viral on social media.

Confirming the incident, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Krishna Murari Prasad said two FIRs were registered in connection with the incident at Kathaiya police station late on Thursday night. “Five men have been made accused in the first FIR, lodged on the statement of the woman. The other FIR was lodged against the woman and her paramour by her husband,” he said.

The DSP said the woman had expressed her desire to live with her lover. “The police will take a decision on the matter as per law,” he said.

Station house officer (SHO) of Kathaiya police station, Pramod Kumar Singh, said the woman, who was married eight years ago, had admitted to her extra-marital affair for the last three years. Her lover had come to Gopinathpur from Sitamarhi after receiving her phone call, the SHO quoted the woman as saying..

First Published: Jun 30, 2017 12:25 IST