INDIAN COURT SENTENCES 2 SISTERS TO GANG RAPE PUNISHMENT

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An India court, recently sentenced 2 sisters one of whom is only 15-years-old, to a most unbelievable punishment of GANG RAPE, their crime – being the sisters of a man who had an affair with a married woman and then eloped with her.

An unelected all-male village council in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh, ordered that Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her teenage sister will also be paraded through the streets naked, with blackened faces, as they are made to pay the price for their brother’s alleged transgressions.
One would think that a country like India, in this day and age, would be a bit more enlightened than to pronounce such ludicrously backward judgements. But then, they can’t be said to be alone with such acts of barbarism
Nigeria has her own share of mad, insane and wholly beastly self appointed judges, juries and executioners and illiterate uneducated vigilantes.

The Kumaris are Dalits, or untouchables, placed at the very bottom of India’s ancient and archaic caste system. According to Zee News, the pair’s brother Ravi fell in love with a girl from the higher Jat caste, however the relationship was forbidden by the family elders. The girl was then forcibly married off to another man in February, but later eloped with Ravi. The Jat woman is now thought to be pregnant with his child.

The couple surrendered after discovering that their family were allegedly tortured by police and members of the Jat community, to avenge the brother’s actions. Meenakshi has filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking for protection. Her father has also lodged a complaint saying that his family has been harassed, not just by the family of the woman who has eloped, but also by the police.

The Khap panchayat, or village council has now decided that the barbaric “punishment” will be inflicted on the sisters as retribution. Sumit Kumar, another brother of Meenakshi, said that ‘the Jat decision is final’, adding, ‘The police said anyone can be murdered now.’

Khap panchayats comprise older men from dominant castes, who wield power in rural villages, and operate as the law, prescribing rules for social behaviour in villages. According to Amnesty International, such ‘kangaroo courts’ continue to operate in India even though their decrees have been branded illegal.

Story from http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/

August 2015

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