A shocking video has shown the moment a woman was tied to a tree and flogged in public by her husband on a village chief’s order for eloping with another man in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district, police said on Thursday.
According to The hindustan Times, the woman’s husband, a former village head and his son were arrested after a video clip of the incident was widely circulated on social media and through messaging apps. Hindustan Times could not independently verify the authenticity of the video clip.
The incident occurred on March 10 at Launga village, about 400 km from state capital Lucknow.
Bulandshahr superintendent of police Praveen Ranjan Singh said police registered a case against 18 people, 12 of them unidentified, after receiving a copy of the video clip.
Police contacted the woman, said to be in her late 20s, at her parents’ house on Wednesday night.
“Former pradhan Shersingh, his son Shravan and woman’s husband Shaudan Singh have been arrested and raids are underway to arrest other accused,” said Singh.
The 73-second video clip, apparently shot with a mobile phone, purportedly shows the saree-clad woman’s hands tied to an overhead branch of a tree and repeatedly hit with what appeared to be a leather belt by a man in a green shirt and a jacket. The woman could be heard grunting and screaming after each hit.
The video also shows a large crowd of men watching the beating and some of them can even be heard berating the woman.
Police said the panchayat wanted to “teach a lesson to the woman”.
In her complaint to police, the woman admitted to eloping with her neighbour Dharmendra Lodhi on March 5 and staying at the house of one of his relatives in another village.
After five days, a group of people from Launga convinced the couple to return to their village.
Police said Shersingh and his supporters convened a kangaroo court and ordered her public flogging.
Some of the villagers had objected to the punishment and asked the former pradhan to stop it but they were abused and asked to leave the place.
After the beating, the woman was dragged into a room where Shersingh and his supporters allegedly molested her and asked to keep silent. The woman also accused Shersingh of asking his men to make a video of the incident so that others could see the consequences of eloping.
Watch the video of the flogging below:
MAN ARRESTED FOR FLOGGING HIS WIFE FOR ELOPING WITH ANOTHER MAN . . A VILLAGE COUNCIL IN UTTAR PRADESH’S BULANDSHAHR DISTRICT, INDIA, RECENTLY SENTENCED A MARRIED WOMAN TO FLOGGING IN PUBLIC, FOR ELOPING WITH ANOTHER MAN. . . ON MARCH 10, THE WOMAN, IN HER 20S, WAS TIED TO A TREE AND WHIPPED BY HER HUSBAND IN THE PLAIN VIEW OF A CROWD. . . A REPORT ON HINDUSTAN TIMES SAID THAT THE HUSBAND, ALONG WITH A FORMER VILLAGE COUNCIL HEAD AND HIS SON, WERE LATER ARRESTED. . . THE POLICE SAID THAT THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CAME UP WITH THE PUNISHMENT BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO “TEACH HER A LESSON. REPORTS HAVE IT THAT AFTER THE FLOGGING, THE WOMAN WAS MOLESTED AND THREATENED TO KEEP SILENT.
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