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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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9:27AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

In the beginning of this article it mentions that her husband was deceased, so why was she punished at all.? Was she not free to choose another mate?
The male gender have much to answer for in his treatment of the females, he should be ashamed of his own gender.

8:51AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

I agree that men never have to take responsibility for their 'affairs', and also - making a woman walk three miles naked just proves their chauvanistic perverted tendencies even further. After all, if they despise a woman so much for seeing another man or even loving him, then why do they want to actually oggle her naked body themselves? I would think that 'Naming and Shaming' would do the trick in these backward communities, but that wouldn't give the men a free 'show' would it? Speaks for itself, the sicko's.

12:30PM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Women girls and girl babies are all at risk around the world...It's about time that MEN in this world starting acting responsibly, instead of irresponsibly, like packs of wild animals preying on women... .

1:58AM PDT on Oct 9, 2014

Disgusting.I have nothing but contempt for the ignorant Indians that did this atrocity to this poor woman.

8:48AM PDT on Oct 6, 2014

W/o cell phones, alot of cruelty would never come to light....shine the light, focus it;it can make a big difference.TY

6:57AM PDT on Oct 6, 2014

I really appreciate Dianne D, Vivianne M, Kevin b, Mitch etc views but people in India likes to keep only their Godesses in pedestal and do all atrocities against women. Instead of worshipping they can treat women as human beings... Politics plays a major role.... no one takes any measure to curb this..politicians, police etc goes hand in gloves with the criminals......God alone can save India.....

8:35AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

It's about time that MEN in this world starting acting responsibly, instead of irresponsibly.

10:30AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Another disgusting example of the all too common misogyny that persists around the world

11:29PM PDT on Sep 30, 2014

I am still wondering why there was any shaming at all. Any activity between a couple is their business and not the village. If the man was married then an affair is the business of him the wife. either way it is not a matter for anyone else.

I am sure it is some stupid religious crap.

It is time for the world to wake up and demand freedom from religion

7:05PM PDT on Sep 30, 2014

It's sad that we can't send massive troops from around the world to these revolting disgusting countries and protect the women by killing the males that cause these horrors. It may sound bad, but it's the only way to stop these rabid males, otherwise this will never end. Men treat women this way because they are threatened by their intelligence, morals, etc. The only way to stop this is to keep killing all the males that are causing this, allowing this is just as bad as doing it. A woman's freedom is more important than any amount of dead male scum. By the way, I'm a guy. A guy that loves and respects women. Killing males that don't is the moral equivalent of taking out the trash.

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