In an incident that exposes the caste intolerance in Indian society, a 19-year-old tribal woman was beaten up and paraded half-naked by the members of her own community for being in love with a man from another tribe in Madhya Pradesh's Alirajpur district. The girl's falling in love with a man belonging to another tribe did not please her family members and she was forced to take a 'walk of shame' in public. A video of the incident, which took place on Saturday, surfaced on social media on Tuesday.
The video showed the woman being made to walk down the village road, getting beaten with sticks while she screamed and begged for mercy. Passers-by can be seen ignoring the ordeal and just moving on from the scene. The Madhya Pradesh police are yet to register a case. Jobat Sub Divisional Officer of Police R C Bhakar said the police started an investigation after the video came out. The incident took place at Temachi village, but nobody had filed any complaint so far, the police officer said.
The police officer added that, since the victim and her father were not in the village their statements could not be recorded. Details of the incident could be ascertained only after recording their statements, Bhakar said. Her other family members, who too were out of the village, were being contacted, he said. Another police officer said the woman belongs to the Bhilala community and she was reportedly in love with a man from the Bheel community. This angered her family and community members, who sought to `punish' her by parading and thrashing her, he said.
(Inputs from PTI)