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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday September 03 2015, @05:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the not-something-to-joke-about dept.

One of the sisters who has been sentenced to be repeatedly raped because her brother eloped with a woman from a higher caste has said she cannot return home because she fears village elders will want to take revenge on her.

An illegal jury, composed of male upper caste Baghpat village elders, reportedly ordered the gang rape of Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her 15-year-old sister after their brother Ravi eloped with a married woman, known only as Krishna, from a higher caste.

Ms Kumari, fearing for their lives, petitioned India's Supreme Court for protection. The case brought international attention after an Amnesty International petition to save the two girls from the punishment garnered more than 200,000 signatures.


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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by AnonTechie on Thursday September 03 2015, @09:53AM

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday September 03 2015, @03:09PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 03 2015, @03:09PM (#231786) Homepage Journal

    From your link:

    "Unelected village councils like the one in Baghpat do mete out rough justice in many parts of rural India, ruling on matters of marriage, property and how women should dress. In rare instances the councils have ordered rape as a punishment.

    However, it typically is difficult to confirm such rulings because village councils usually only issue verbal orders, and no record is kept of proceedings."

    So, it all comes down to "he said, she said, then he said". I think it's time for an nsaid.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @03:17PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @03:17PM (#231790)

    The petition said the council was comprised of upper caste men.

    The village council is actually more than 80 percent female and headed by a woman who, like the sisters, is from the bottom of the caste hierarchy.

    "How many times do I have to tell you that there was no meeting?" said Bala Devi, 55, who has run the council for the last five years. "We spend our time discussing mundane things like fixing the roads or water pumps."

    I'd take it to be more believable that village councils do boring village council things than enact their sexualized version of the Spanish Inquisition.

    This is another non-story baited by the current social climate and everyone that has a stake in the current conflict will eat it up. It is amusing to me that a rural family in India even knows how to game the west to their advantage in the courts.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @04:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @04:07PM (#231820)

      So it's more believable to you that woman in rural India has an innate understanding of which certain triggers to push to cause a shitstorm than that people who are accused of something reprehensible are lying when they deny it?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @05:47PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @05:47PM (#231870)

        Yes [wikipedia.org]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @08:51PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 03 2015, @08:51PM (#231963)

          One "small" problem with your citation. That was an example of manipulation within their culture. The original premise is that these Indian women knew how to manipulate western culture.