Awarding gangrape as a punishment:

Many a Lord Budhas, many a Mahatma Gandhis and many a Raja Ram Mohan Roys would take birth on this earth and die but the heinous crimes like rapes and gangrapes are not going to stop; it has been continuing since ages and may go on like this for times immemorial. As if perpetrating an act like rape or gangrape is not enough, there are Panchayats who are using it as a tool for awarding punishment. In Virbhumi district of West Bengal, a tribal woman aged 20 years was the victim of such a decision by the panchayat of a local village called Labhpur. The crime of the tribal girl was that she was more friendly with a boy belonging to some other caste. The local Panchayat called its urgent session and pronounced the verdict that the two families of the girl and also the boy be directed to pay a penalty of Rs.25,000/ each. The boy’s family could manage to pay the fine but the family of the girl could somehow manage only Rs.3,000/ expressing their inability to pay the balance amount. The Panchayat got annoyed and they ordered that the girl be gangraped by a dozen of people forthwith. The order was instantly complied with and the girl was gangraped in full view of the village people as a whole. The girl is in a local hospital fighting for her life. Astonishingly the Panchayat was hailed by its supporters for a befitting punishment awarded to the girl for having familiar relations with an outsider. This is the type of the world which we are living in at the outset of the 21st century where there is no dearth of people crying hoarse at the top of their voice on various achievements on social reforms. In fact incidents like this are just a slap on the face of the so called social reformers in the country besides those who are holding the charge of law and order.

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. d n sharma
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 05:33:56

    Time and again the Talibani decision by Khap and other panchayat had been in question because of anti constitutional, but no action has been taken against these institutions. Actually no action has been taken by the Government due to lack of will power.This is because fear of loosing vote bank, But question is how far the innocent people will continue to suffer.


  2. mysonnets
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 06:49:28



  3. Rahul Nigam
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 07:45:18

    It is tragic, painful & disgusting that in our country spirit of law & order yet to be honoured in many places. Punishment awarded like Gangrape & murders by panchayats/Khaps defines cruelty of mently sick/disordered people.
    Because of vote bank these types of inhuman judiciary are surviving and being protected by our careless & selfish political leaders & ministers. Although these are identified so called judiciary but provisions of our constitution are not enough to restrict them.
    Role of misuse of POWER is an important factor in keeping existence of such unwarranted foolish judiciary. We are ashamed of it!


  4. cmkapoor
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 07:48:08

    Sir, As I have read in a newpaper, the Panchayat ordered the young males of the village saying “Go and enjoy with the girl”. The girl was raped by a dozen persons only as thereafter she was senseless otherwise the number could have gone much. We must be thankful to the Honourable Supreme Court that they have taken self-cognizence of the case and ordered for a report from District Judge instead of District magistrate. In my opinion, the heads of panchayat should be made main accused in this case whereas entire village should be punished as rapists. Unless such stern action is taken, the Panchayats can not be stopped in issuing such brutal decisions. The NGOs working of women should come forward jointly and move PILs in Supreme Court asking severe action against Panchayat Heads and entire village to stop recurrence such instances. One more thing, the family of this lady have shown courage to come to police but the chances that many several cases are not coming up in media or to police, can not be ruled out.


    • neelkanth
      Jan 26, 2014 @ 08:12:11

      Nice coverage of the issue. My thanks. The comment has undergone certain minor modifications by way of a frugal editing. Please go through it on the relative site. It’s like an audit a lot of which you have yourself done as a senior officer in the bank.


  5. soumyavsoumya
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 14:37:15

    This certainly leaves an indelible mark on every mind and heart who is considerate and normal enough to understand what thegirl had been through and how cruelly and barbarically the panchayat ordered this . The panchayat system in India wasnt formed to create more problems and be a part of the socila,mental and psychological injustice.It shames the name of the democratic system of India ,leave aside the culture . Humanity stink in such cases.


  6. hirundine608
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:17:27

    Oh my goodness! Are these people insane? Or what? Beyond pathetic!


  7. Shubham Srivastava
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 18:10:37

    Certain people are not only illiterate of bookish knowledge but they even lack the essential moral values.They have to be forcefully taught.


  8. shyammohanmisra
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:48:06

    It is horrifying.


  9. veepee45
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 14:46:16

    Human has become devil.Some time it appears that 21st Century is worst than the early age of human life.Keeping in view on this incident I feel that cattle are much more civilized that us.

    No doubt that it is a slap on the face of so called social reformers and responsible for law and order.


  10. bndubey
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 16:22:08

    Sir…. It is the most ugly face of the barbarian society . I find no appropriate words to condemn it… Shame to the entire so called civilized system…


  11. Aviral
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 07:35:26



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