A 16-year-old girl who had allegedly been raped was beaten up, tied to the rape accused with a rope, and paraded in a Madhya Pradesh village on Sunday by a mob that chanted “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
A video showing the girl and the 21-year-old accused, who are tied with a rope, being forced to walk around the village amid slogans of “Bharat Mata ki jai” has been shared widely on social media.
The atrocity occurred in a village under Jobat police station in Alirajpur district.
The girl was rescued by police, a senior officer said.
Sub-divisional police officer Dilip Singh Bilwal said two cases were registered on Sunday on the basis of FIRs lodged by the victim.
“One of the cases was registered against the 21-year-old man. Another FIR was registered against the family members of the girl and villagers,” Bilwal said. Six people — the accused and five villagers — have been arrested.
The rape accused, who is married and has two children, has been booked under sections of the IPC and the Pocso Act.
Family members and relatives of the victim were booked under Sections 294 (obscene act in public places), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement) and other sections of the IPC, the officer said.