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July 2, 2019

Hindu woman attacked, stripped in public by family for affair with Dalit, refusing to marry a man of her caste

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Dhar: In a shocking incident, a 21-year-old woman belonging to Hindu community was brutally assaulted with sticks and stripped by her own family members in the presence of villages in Madhya Pradesh.

Police have arrested four of the accused after the video clippings of the incident went viral on social media. In the video, family members of the woman are seen beating her up with sticks. She was also stripped in the public.

A police officer said the family members of the woman, a resident of Gatbori village, about 90 km from Dhar, were angry over her affair with a Dalit man with whom she had eloped recently, but later returned home.

He said the immediate provocation behind the June 25 incident was the woman’s refusal to marry a man of her caste.

Four of the seven accused have been arrested while rest are on the run, he said. Those arrested have been identified as Sardar Singh, Mahesh, who is the brother of the woman, Dongar Singh and Pratap aka Fatiya.

All of them have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including for assault and criminal intimidation.

Hindu woman attacked, stripped in public by family for affair with Dalit, refusing to marry a man of her caste

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