India village council accused of ordering rape

Associated Press


A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, her family and police said Friday.

Jitendra Singh, a top local police official, said two men have been arrested in the rape case. They include the village headman and the main suspect, identified as the husband of the woman who purportedly was molested by the victim’s brother.

The victim’s brother also has been arrested on charges of molestation.

The girl’s mother told CNN-IBN news channel that she pleaded with the council and other villagers when they ordered the rape, but no one listened.

The attack took place after midnight Sunday in a small village in Jharkhand state’s Bokaro district.

Across much of rural India, deeply conservative local councils wield great power. They can pass decrees on any subject they choose.

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