November 10th, 2016
Woman Paraded Naked
According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of crimes against women has declined over a period of one year from 2014 to 2015. But many humiliating, prejudiced practices still exist, and it seems like they will not abate any time soon.
Another horrific incident from Meghlakhali village of Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh has come to light after the video-clippings of a woman being paraded naked filmed by some villagers went viral.
The victim who was a mother of two children was married to a villager in Meghlakhali.
Few months back, she fell in love with another man named Bahadur Madhai(22). The woman had gone to visit her relatives in Dhabhaipada village, and from there she eloped with her lover. When the relatives were not able to find her, they lodged a complaint at Deendayal Nagar Police Station. The relatives managed to locate them at Maudipada village and forcibly brought the couple to Meghlakhali village.
The woman was stripped naked by her own husband and relatives. She was forced to parade in the entire village. Many of the villagers filmed the act and circulated it on whatsapp.
The local police then swung into action and booked all the accused on charges of sexual harassment,obscenity and criminal conspiracy. They have arrested five persons for assaulting and forcibly persuading the victim to parade naked. Incidents like these are not new.
Infact, Madhya Pradesh has the second highest number of sexual offenses cases against women in the country after Maharashtra. So far, Madhya Pradesh has recorded 12,887 cases. A 2016 report by the state home department has revealed that 31 women were paraded naked in MP between 2013 and 2015.
The home department figures state that last year, 9,056 cases of molestation, 5,126 cases of women being kidnapped, 3,935 cases of women being raped, 5,059 cases of torture, 10,111 cases of criminal intimidation, 661 dowry-related deaths and 36 cases of trafficking were reported from the state.
As per Hindustan Times, Here is the list of some of the incidents:
Nov 9, 2016: A woman and her paramour thrashed, paraded naked in Meghlakhali village.
Nov 12, 2015: A middle-aged woman paraded naked and thrashed in Bhind district by members of her daughter-in-law’s family who were unhappy with the marriage.
Nov 7, 2015: A 35-year-old tribal woman accused of witchcraft, allegedly paraded naked and beaten up in Khandwa district.
March 19, 2014: A 22-year-old woman allegedly raped, paraded naked near Sanchi town.
June 13, 2014: A tribal woman allegedly gang raped by 10 persons, paraded naked and forced to drink urine in Khandwa.
June 23, 2006: Dalit woman sarpanch paraded allegedly paraded naked in Chhatarpur district after she refused to give money from the village development fund to six men.