Woman, 20, Sentenced to ‘gang rape’ by Village Court in East India

Sorry to do this to you guys but as long as horrifying stories like this one continue to make the headlines, I will continue to highlight them.

My prayer and hope is that as these stories continue to come up, other victims of such abuse and degradation will step forward and name their attackers; that such women will no longer be stigmatized or blamed for being raped; that more men will come to acknowledge the fact that a woman has a right to only have consensual sex and nothing else, even within marriage; that rape in and of itself has more to do with a brutal show of power than an inability to control lustful urges. That it could happen to anyone…even men.

I hope that more men will begin to see these victims as their sisters, friends, mothers, rather than as sex objects who got exactly what they were looking for.

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Kangaroo court orders Indian woman to be gang-raped by 13 men for having a  relationship with a man from another village… with the ‘judges’ carrying out  the punishment

 

  • Punished  for having a relationship with a man from another village
  • She was  fined £490, but was taken away when she couldn’t pay it
  • The  ‘judges’ locked her in a shed where 13 men raped her  overnight

By Richard Shears

A 20-year-old woman has been left fighting  for her life in hospital today after a kangaroo court in India ordered her to be  gang-raped for having an affair with a youth from another village.

The brutal punishment was allegedly carried  out by the very same ‘court’ which found her guilty in a village near Suri in  west Bengal state, 150 miles from Kolkata, police said.

Police said that all 13 accused men – ten of  whom made up the kangaroo court – have since been arrested for rape. Among them  is the village headman.

Abhorrent: The 20-year-old woman, pictured arriving at a hospital in Western Bengal, was discovered with a man of another religion and was dragged to a 'village court' where elders sentenced her to be gang raped

Abhorrent: The 20-year-old woman, pictured arriving at a  hospital in Western Bengal, was discovered with a man of another religion and  was dragged to a ‘village court’ where elders sentenced her to be gang raped

Police arrest around a dozen people in connection with the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman from Birbhum District in West Bengal, India.

Police arrest around a dozen people in connection with  the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman from Birbhum District in West Bengal,  India.

The men are accused of brutalising a woman as punishment for her having an affair

The men are accused of brutalising a woman as punishment  for her having an affair

Ten of the accused took part in the kangaroo court, police said

Ten of the accused took part in the kangaroo court,  police said

The victim of the alleged rapists was left barely clinging to life

The victim of the alleged rapists was left barely  clinging to life

Despite her critical condition and clinging  to life, the female victim managed to tell her story to The Times of  India.

‘I had an affair with a man,’ she told the  paper.

‘We were dragged to a gathering where our  community headman was present. They told me to pay 50,000 rupees (£490). When I  said I couldn’t, they brutalised me.’

A doctor told the paper that the young woman  was alive ‘only because she is a tough tribal girl.’

The woman’s distraught mother said that ‘the  crime was committed by our own people.’

              
Crime scene: The woman was tied to a tree (pictured) before she was dragged to a shed and raped

Crime scene: The woman was tied to a tree (pictured)  before she was dragged to a shed and raped

Unspeakable abuse: The woman, seen surrounded by family members as she is escorted into hospital, was locked in a shed and raped overnight by 13 men, ten of which had been 'judges' in the kangaroo court which sentenced her

Unspeakable abuse: The woman, seen surrounded by family  members as she is escorted into hospital, was locked in a shed and raped  overnight by 13 men, ten of which had been ‘judges’ in the kangaroo court which  sentenced her

Disgusting crime: Some of the 13 suspects arrives in at a police station after being arrested
Disgusting crime: Some of the 13 suspects arrives in at  a police station after being arrested

She added: ‘They tortured my daughter and  dumped her home late at night. We were threatened not to go to  police.

‘We tried to go to Bolpur hospital, but they  stopped us.’

The paper said the woman was raped in a  village in the Labhpur police station area.

It was on Monday afternoon that a group of  tribal men found the woman sitting with her lover, who is from Chowhatta village  and of a different religion.

They dragged the two of them to a religious  place known as a ‘than’ where a makeshift court was hastily put together on the  orders of the tribal chieftan.

Police said that the youth was told to pay a  fine of £245 and warned that if he did not pay, men from the village would ‘have  fun with the girl.’

With no money forthcoming, the woman was  allegedly tied to a tree before she was forced into a shed and raped  continuously until Tuesday morning.

Suri India Kolkata map

The woman’s family were forced to remain  indoors throughout Tuesday, doing their best to care for their daughter who was  bleeding from severe injuries.

According to the Times of India, the family  managed to slip out late on Wednesday afternoon and take the woman to a health  centre, where doctors said she should be taken immediately to the nearest  hospital.

But from that hospital she was shifted on to  Suri hospital in a critical condition at night.

‘This is when the crime came to light,’ said  police officer Prashanta Chowdhury. ‘She was gang raped and the details are yet  to be investigated.’

The shocking incident is not the first time  that a woman has been punished for having an affair in the area.

Four years ago a teenage girl was stripped  and forced to walk naked through four villages, during which hundreds of people  molested her and mocked her.

They even filmed her with mobile phones,  which resulted in police moving into the area and making arrests.

The girl received a bravery award from Prime  Minister Manmohan Singh and today she lives in a state-run welfare  home.

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

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