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Meena panchayat strips woman; probe ordered

A woman was stripped in full public view; lover was beaten, in Udaipur

The Rajasthan government on Monday ordered an inquiry into Sunday’s shocking incident of a caste panchayat in the predominantly Adivasi area in Udaipur stripping a woman and beating her lover after tying them to trees.

The Meena panchayat of Sarada tehsil’s Limbathada in Kolar village carried out its decision after forcing the police to make a hasty retreat under heavy stone-throwing.

“This is shocking. Whatever the reason, nobody will be allowed to take the law into their own hands,” said Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who ordered an inquiry by the Udaipur Divisional Commissioner. “The law will take its own course,” he said, talking to journalists here.

Udaipur Divisional Commissioner Subodh Agarwal will hold the inquiry and submit his report in a week. The State Human Rights Commission has sought reports from the Udaipur Collector and the Superintendent of Police. The National Commission for Women, too, has taken cognisance of the incident.

Udaipur SP Hariprasad Sharma said nine persons, including the husband of the victim and an upsarpanch, have been arrested. The police have registered two cases against 18 persons.

The victim, a married woman, had eloped with Prakash Meena, 28, a fortnight ago. On Sunday, the duo were found sitting at a bus stand in the neighbourhood.

On information, the villagers forcibly took them back to the village and tied them to trees. The woman was stripped in full view of the village and both were severely beaten. The panchayat’s men snipped their hair as well.

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