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It was a shocking moment for women in Uttar Pradesh when they learned that a woman was flogged 100 times by her husband in the case of adultery. The husband was beating his wife terribly until she collapsed and then left her for the crowd to sexually assault her.
The video of this entire incident has gone viral on the internet where women can be heard screaming in pain as her husband whipped her with a leather belt. The whole event took place in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.
All of it was done in the broad light, while a crowd consisting of 'so-called' men watched it from a distance. None of them dared to come ahead and stop her husband from beating her.
According to reports, the woman had eloped with a much younger lover in March and was living with him in a relative's house.
And this isn't the first case.
A 30-year-old married woman and her 27-year-old lover were tied to the tree and beaten up until police rescued them after watching the clip on social media. The Panchayat at Gopinathpur village in Bihar ordered that, reports HT.
In another case, a 25-year-old young man had committed suicide after following the directive by Panchayat to drink the urine of a girl whose family accused him of raping her. The incident came to the light after his audio message went viral on social media. The entire event took place in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir.
In a questionable decision, the Panchayat in Bareilly let off the rapist after giving him the punishment of touching the feet of a woman he raped, reports TOI.
In another case, UP's Khap Panchayat ordered the rape of two sisters whose brother eloped with a married woman. The two girls raped in this bizarre and hateful decision from Panchayat were only 15 and 23 years old.
In the year 2011, the supreme court of India had announced Khap Panchayat as ineffective and illegal, but it still exists in the areas where local government could not reach, reports The Quint.
During the 1950s and 1960s, when the laws were passed among the states to establish this Panchayat raj system, the aim was to create a political base in the areas where the government was unable to reach out directly and implement their schemes.
But what we see in some cases is that instead of becoming government's aid, Panchayats became the government in themselves.
It's not shocking to see that 76% of young Indians feel that women are never safe and they don't get justice under Panchayat rule.
On a lighter note, if the Panchayats in local areas worked the way they should, every village in our country would've become self-sufficient and fully developed.
That's all, folks!