Multiple punishments was meted out to a 24-year-old Indian woman by the local council elders, for eloping with another man, after having two children for her husband.
After being beaten by a mob and was tonsured, she was later forced to publicly breastfeed the man she allegedly eloped with despite her husband’s objections to the punishments.
According to Police, she was also made to publicly breastfeed the man she was accused of cheating with by a local tribal council.
Officers say the 24-year-old mother of two had been having an affair with a man in his early 20s named Kamlesh, and decided to elope with him to neighbouring Gujarat province days before the mob attack.
The woman’s husband, who later discovered where she ran to, and was able to bring her back to the village on New Year’s Eve, and consequently took her to the council elders who ordered the unusual punishment.
The villagers went ahead even as the husband objected to that form of punishment, Because, according to him, “I was expecting a lesser severe treatments”.
After the attack, the woman called police, and said she and her lover had been beaten, had both been forced to shave their heads, and later she was forced to breastfeed him.
Officers from Alirajpur said they had received a complaint about 11 people from the village, had registered charges against them, and made several arrests. Police chief Akhilesh Jha told the Hindustan Times:
‘The villagers came to know of the [affair] and brought the couple back. A panchayat [tribal council] was called and it allegedly ordered that hair of both be cut. Later, the woman was allegedly forced to breastfeed the man in the presence of villagers. The police have detained some suspects and they are being questioned.