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Indian Woman Forced to Parade Naked for 6 Miles for Alleged Illicit Relationship

Indian Woman Forced to Parade Naked for 6 Miles for Alleged Illicit Relationship

The extent to which woman in rural areas are punished around the world for their alleged love affairs never ceases to amaze me.

As you know at Care2 we’ve been following the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who was initially sentenced to death by stoning in Iran for the having an “illicit relationship” with two men after the death of her husband.

Now over in India I’ve learned that a tribal woman was forced to parade naked through three villages – nearly 6 miles – for having an “illicit love affair with a man from a different community.”

Reports indicate that the woman was molested and taunted as she walked through a large crowd that followed her. The incident was also filmed on a mobile phone adding to the humiliation. The footage, however, finally awoke the police from their silence.

Police Finally React to Incident

The complete inaction of police and powerful village people regarding the incident has been completely inexcusable. Village council chief Mangal Baske claims “pressure from the villagers” kept him from reporting the incident.

The police – who remained silent on the incident until the mobile footage went into circulation – have now arrested six men who allegedly molested the paraded woman.

The district police have now been called on to submit a detailed report about what happened to both the West Bengal’s Women’s and Human Rights Commissions. The Women’s Commission has also announced an inquiry on behalf of the paraded woman and the Human Rights Commission warns that they will do their own investigation if they are not satisfied with what is submitted by the district police.

What About the Adulterous Men?

What gets me every time with these terrible stories is the complete one-sided nature of what happens. Each time we hear of the woman being punished for “illicit” relationships, but what about the men?

Are the men of adulterous relationships ever punished? Why aren’t they sentenced to death by stoning with their partner or forced to parade naked through the streets hand in hand with their lover?

Having an affair takes two so why is it only the women who must endure the public shaming?

If you ask me I think it’s because historically men have been given the freedom to express themselves sexually without recourse, yet women have been expected to save their sexuality for their husbands only. So when a woman steps outside of her marriage she faces punishment, often pubic, to warn other women from doing the same.

The men, equally to blame for the indiscretion, however, often remain unpunished and free to cheat again and again leaving yet another woman to shoulder the responsibility.

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Photo by Kema Keur adapted and used under a Creative Commons license.

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1:30AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Sadly this is the pagan world we live in and as more and more people are being attracted to this idea we have Bibles gathering dust instead of being read.

Adulterous men WILL be judged along with the adulterous women, by God.

It is only in this world that this inequality exists and often by HUMAN traditions. It wasn't meant to be this way but when you turn your back on your creator and FATHER all hell breaks loose, literally.

God help us all.

12:21PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

It's horrible that the woman had to endure such treatment.

9:20PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

In the videos I've seen of women being punished, either by publicly shaming or being led to their execution, many of the bystanders comprising the gauntlet the accused are forced to endure are women themselves. This is very disturbing.

It's hard for a culture to change unless the majority wants it. Way too many women are brought up to continue the legacy of violence against their sisters - even in our own country.

5:16PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Interesting article, but horrible that this has happened!

8:50AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Disgraceful and humiliating! I have a lot to say on this subject, from many angles.. however will just say that I feel it is wrong for either to step outside of marriage. When one makes that vow, they are also promising to love, respect and stay monogamous. If they don't love their spouse, it's time for a divorce. If one truly loves their mate, they cannot even imagine being with anyone else to begin with.
And then we come to being accused.Is a simple accusation enough for punishment or should there be proof? I think the latter. And what should punishment be, for both parties involved?
Being paraded in the streets naked and allowed to be molested is purely monstrous and barbaric. Why are police and citizens themselves allowing so many atrocities to happen? Why aren't they stepping up and doing the right thing? Why being bystanders instead of stopping a wrong when it is being committed r stopping it before it starts?
I think I'll stop there or I will be going off on this topic all day..
Please keep us updated and let us know what we can do to change this shameful thing from happening again

4:25AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

thanks for sharing.

8:43AM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

A quote from Elijah Muhammad, "No nation can rise higher than its woman."

"The woman is the foundation on which nations are built. She is the heart of her nation. If that heart is weak, the people are weak. If her heart is strong and her mind is clear, then the nation is strong and knows its purpose. The woman is the center of everything."

(Late Elder, Art Solomon (Ojibwe), For the People: Teachings on the Natural Way)

"A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is finished no matter how brave its warriors or how strong their weapons."
(Tsistsistas, Cheyenne)


As long as woman are seen as less than human, less than divine, there will be no peace for women, for men, for children or for the world at large.

I give thanks that this is being rectified, at least for this woman...and thanks to whomever took the video and circulated, even if they did not have healing in mind.

9:46PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

9:29AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

even in this country we have our own version. Women lose their reputations even when rape is involved. video is taken and spread around like shaming in other countries. Nothing new under the sun.

2:07AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Sadly, from stoning, shaming and flogging, to shaving the heads and making them walk naked through the streets in post war France, the world is full of examples of the general degradation of women for doing the things that men do freely. Is their sexual insecurity so great that they need to constantly reinforce their dominance and ownership of wome'ns sexuality??? To all men I say ' Get real and grow up!' :(

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