In the name of driving out evil spirits, they were dragged into Ganga, hit with iron chain

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to explain an incident in which some tribal women were assaulted, in the name of driving out evil spirits, during the ongoing Magh Mela in Allahabad.

On a PIL petition filed by law intern Deeksha Dwivedi and social worker Utpala Shukla, a Bench of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Dilip Gupta directed the government to set up an inquiry committee and initiate immediate action against the accused. The next hearing has been fixed for February 5.