A 45-year-old woman has been stripped naked and paraded through an Indian village on a donkey. WTF India?
The village council in Rajsamand district in Rajasthan state ordered the donkey parade after the woman was accused of killing her nephew. Her face was blackened with coal and her head was shaved to deepen the humiliation – because sometimes parading around naked on a donkey just isn’t enough.
The nephew’s family say she killed him, but the police, who could not inspect the body because it was cremated, believe he had killed himself. So they took the case to the council of elders, known as a panchayat, who sided with the family and dealt her the donkey punishment after deciding she was guilty. Orders given by panchayats carry no legal weight but are widely respected in rural areas – by everyone except the police.
“It’s a shameful incident that a woman was treated so badly on orders from the village council,” Senior police official Shweta Dhankhad said.
“Initially, she was even afraid to talk about what had happened to her but after the police and officials from the social welfare department arrived, she was able to feel a little safe and narrate her ordeal.”
Police arrested 30 people on Sunday, including nine members of her family. So far, their punishments do not include parading around naked on a donkey – although that would be quite fitting.