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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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6:41AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

We are all shamed when acts like this are committed. We are past masters at averting our gaze when it's justice and action that is needed.

5:29PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

SICK S.

1:20PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

We shamelessly have our own sex shaming society to worry about and lots of dominance behaviors in wars and domestic abuse much worse shooting despite protection orders is just normal to us and this isn't..

1:57PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

They say I voted. I didn't. I would have voted NO. How many people are brainwashed into believing this nonsense. Adultery is a man made idea. It has nothing to do with women. It all their ideas of women that are wrong. Men wrote every holly book on earth. Not God by any name. 2000 years ago or much longer. I cannot and will not stick to any mans idea of what a woman should be. STFU! Sick of this BS. It is a mans world. And boy are they failures at their jobs. I have been married to a great man for 30 years. I see far more abusive, ignorant, angry women haters than good me. A good man is good to everyone he meets. Not like these fake Christians who scream hate, and fear. Cowards. The women too. What the hell people. Wake up. Don't you see what they are doing? The men that evil do is right in front of your faces. America is a country that LIVES in denial. So sad for our Children and their children.

1:50PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Kamia I couldn't agree more. I too will be shopping more carefully. These countries should be cut off. Rape and sex are different. Rape and consenting adults are totally different. Our men are just as bad. We are allowing peoples from all over the world to come. A lot of these cultures need to realize in America you cannot do these things. Even a lot of Congress needs to rethink their attitudes. Men are the biggest whores there are. If it consenting then what is the big deal to men. Men are really backward. They still believe they are masters of the Universe. I wish ET would show up and help us. Why should they. Humans are too violent for the life that all ready exists here. Why would anybody come. If I had the choice I wouldn't. I am so tired. These men are worse than any animal. They aren't on any level more than little men with power. Who believe they are ENTITLED to their violence. Sick sick minds.

1:50PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Kamia I couldn't agree more. I too will be shopping more carefully. These countries should be cut off. Rape and sex are different. Rape and consenting adults are totally different. Our men are just as bad. We are allowing peoples from all over the world to come. A lot of these cultures need to realize in America you cannot do these things. Even a lot of Congress needs to rethink their attitudes. Men are the biggest whores there are. If it consenting then what is the big deal to men. Men are really backward. They still believe they are masters of the Universe. I wish ET would show up and help us. Why should they. Humans are too violent for the life that all ready exists here. Why would anybody come. If I had the choice I wouldn't. I am so tired. These men are worse than any animal. They aren't on any level more than little men with power. Who believe they are ENTITLED to their violence. Sick sick minds.

1:11PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

What's sad is that this woman and man presumably were consenting, so it really was no one's business other than theirs. The way this culture is dealing with this is one of the reasons that I've committed to totally not doing business with anyone or anything from there until it changes.

11:16PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

PENECTOMIES for RAPISTS - Just remove their weapons. That's what used to be done . .

7:56AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

All those stupid sex addicted bustards come from their mothers' womb!!!! Do they know that without women they are nothing, non-existed!!!

4:48PM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

Women the world over are not seen as having value other than to reproduce and work for the people with power (men)

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