A 20-year old Indian woman is in critical condition after she was gang-raped for having an affair with someone from another village.
DailyMail reports that, last Monday afternoon, a group of tribal men found the woman sitting with her lover, who is from Chowhatta village and of a different religion.
They dragged the two of them to a religious place known as a ‘than’ where a makeshift court was hastily put together on the orders of the tribal chieftain. Police said that the youth was told to pay a fine of £245 and warned that if he did not pay, men from the village would ‘have fun with the girl.’
With no money forthcoming, the woman was allegedly tied to a tree before she was forced into a shed and raped continuously until Tuesday morning.
Despite her critical condition and clinging to life, the female victim managed to tell her story to The Times of India. She told the paper:
‘I had an affair with a man. We were dragged to a gathering where our community headman was present. They told me to pay 50,000 rupees (£490). When I said I couldn’t, they brutalised me.’
A doctor told the paper that the young woman was alive ‘only because she is a tough tribal girl. The woman’s distraught mother said that ‘the crime was committed by our own people.’
She added, ‘They tortured my daughter and dumped her home late at night. We were threatened not to go to police. We tried to go to Bolpur hospital, but they stopped us.’
The woman’s family were forced to remain indoors throughout Tuesday, doing their best to care for their daughter who was bleeding from severe injuries.
According to the Times of India, the family managed to slip out late on Wednesday afternoon and took the woman to a health centre, where doctors said she should be taken immediately to the nearest hospital.
But from that hospital she was shifted on to Suri hospital in a critical condition at night.
‘This is when the crime came to light,’ said police officer Prashanta Chowdhury. ‘She was gang raped and the details are yet to be investigated.’