Kangaroo court makes couples in ‘illegitimate relationship’ rain sticks onto each other in public

Incident reported from insurgency-hit Bokaro district of Jharkhand

Bermo (Bokaro, Jharkhand): The village Panchayat publicly punished two women and two men, accusing them of having illegitimate relations, in the insurgency-hit Pokhariya village of Bermo subdivision in Bokaro district. The two women were hit multiple times with sticks, while one of the youths was successful in fleeing the place. Some eye-witnesses made a video of the incident and sent it to their relatives in Mumbai. From there, the video became viral.

Two youth from Makan village from Giridih area had visited the house of the two women in Pokhariya panchayat on May 15. They stayed at the their places till the next morning. Later, the villagers caught them and a meeting of the Panchayat was called. As a punishment, the women were made to beat up the men with sticks, following which the men were made to beat up the two women.

FIR registered

At the instructions of Bokaro SP Nidhi Dwivedi, an FIR was registered at Pank police station under section 31/18 of the IPC in the case. Nineteen persons, including 15 unknown, have been made accused. Raids are underway to arrest the accused.

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