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Woman paraded naked in village

Madhubani, July 31: A middle-aged woman was paraded naked with blackened face in a village in Madhubani district on Wednesday evening for allegedly helping the daughter-in-law of an influential person escape.

The 40-year-old woman was taken to each corner of Sirwara village and beaten up brutally by villagers.

The woman managed to save herself after getting a shelter at Benipati police station. On Thursday, she registered a case in connection with the incident against 10 people, including Gular Rai and his two sons, Gulchand and Kamlesh, and others.

All the accused are absconding from the village after they came to know that a case had been instituted against them. Gular is said to have alleged that her daughter-in-law had fled after she was given something to eat by the woman. Soon after, they beat her up and cut her hair before parading her naked in the village.

Sirwara is a Yadav-dominated village, about 210km northeast of Patna. Most of the people are illiterate and believing in superstition. “The woman’s face was blackened and her hair was partially cut before she was paraded. She was also beaten up during the ordeal,” said a villager on condition of anonymity.

Another villager added: “Gular’s family is an influential family and hardly does anybody dare to speak against him.”

Benipati police station house officer Pravin Kumar Mishra said: “We have registered a case after she narrated her story. We are conducting raids to arrest the accused.”

Mishra added: “We are still to verify the matter why such a horrible incident took place. Since all the accused are absconding, it is difficult to come to verify the incident. In our preliminary investigation, we have found that Gular’s daughter-in-law had fled from home and charges were levelled against her before the crime. It would be difficult to arrive at any conclusion as no villager is ready to comment on this.”

Children rescued

A total of 176 child labourers, rescued from various handicraft units in Jaipur, were brought to Patna today by a team of Bihar government officials and members of civil society organisations.

The child labourers, aged between seven and 16 years, were rescued last week by the anti-human trafficking unit of Rajasthan police and Jaipur district child protection unit task force.

The state government was formulating rehabilitation packages for the rescued children and called for a holistic solution of the problem.


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