(Birbhum district) West Bengal, Jan 22, 2014
On orders of the panchayat (the village judiciary) a tribal woman in Rampurhat was gang-raped by 10-12 men as ‘punishment’ for falling in love with a man from another community.
The 20-year-old woman, who is hospitalized in a critical state said she had been gang-raped through the night. Most of these men were neighbors who had seen her growing up and who she addressed as “uncle” and “brother.”
The panchayat initially wanted the woman’s family to pay a hefty fine. When they said they didn’t have that kind of money, they then decided that she had to be gang raped as punishment. The police have arrested 12 men that the victim has identified.