In a recent tragic incident of sexual violence against women in India, a 16-year-old girl who was raped in a village in the state of Madhya Pradesh was tied with ropes and paraded with a suspected assailant.
A 21-year-old man allegedly raped a teenage girl on Sunday in the Ali Rajpur tribal district of Madhya Pradesh, police said, according to the Indian Express. After which the villagers tied the suspect and the victim girl with ropes and paraded in front of them all.
A video shows a girl in the village being tied up with ropes and forced to walk with a suspect. And they are being beaten in public in the village while some people gathered around are chanting slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
After the video went viral, the public has expressed outrage on social media. The teenage girl was rescued by the police while her rapist as well as five other villagers were also arrested. According to NDTV, the family members of the abused girl were also among those who paraded to shame.
Two cases have been registered on the complaint of the victim, a case of rape has been registered against a 21-year-old boy and another has been registered against the family and villagers of the girl who paraded the girl in the village and beaten her.
According to the Indian Express, a police officer said the suspect was married and had two children. It may be recalled that despite the strict new laws enacted after the rape and murder of a girl on a Delhi bus in 2012, crimes against women continue in India. Despite the establishment of fast-track courts, cases are slow due to the unavailability of witnesses, slow pace of litigation, and lengthy legal process.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, police registered 33,977 rape cases in India in 2018, which means that one rape occurs every 15 minutes in India. However, human rights groups believe that the actual number of women victims of rape could be much higher because many cases go unreported.