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Rape victim tied, paraded with accused in India

ALIRAJPUR, India: A harrowing video footage, a 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by a 21-year-old man, was seen being paraded with the accused in a tribal-dominated village in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, the state police said.

The 16-year-old girl could be seen with a rope tied around her waist as crowds chanted slogans and beat the girl in the Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh on Monday.

Commenting on the incident, the Madhya Pradesh Police said that the girl was allegedly raped on Sunday in the Alirajpur district, adding that she was paraded by the locals, including her family members, along with the accused on the streets of the village.

The girl was rescued by the officials once the incident came to the light, said the Madhya Pradesh Police, adding that six people have been arrested and a first information report (FIR) has been registered against the accused under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and a probe has been ordered.

The police said that a case has also been registered against the family members and relatives of the victim.

“One of the cases was registered against the 21-year-old man who is accused of rape. Another FIR was registered against family members of the girl and villagers for parading her in the village and beating her,” Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Dilip Singh Bilwal was quoted as saying by news agencies.

Meanwhile, the videos and pictures of the incident have gone viral on social media where the victim and the accused can be seen being paraded by the locals of the village amid slogans and chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” (Long Live Mother India).

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They were also able to free the girl when they arrived at the scene.

A rape is committed in India every 15 minutes, with the nation’s abysmal record on sexual violence becoming a serious political issue following the 2012 gang rape and killing of a student on a New Delhi bus.

Mass protests after her death prompted the creation of fast-track courts to clear out the backlogged legal system.

The men responsible for the 2012 bus attack were hanged in March 2020, following their failed appeal in 2013.