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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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7:17AM PST on Dec 23, 2014

we are still thinking like in the stone age.

12:32AM PST on Dec 22, 2014

A widow should have a chance at a new life. It's her business, not anyone else's but the person she is with. everyone else should mind their own business, or be happy for her.

12:55PM PST on Dec 13, 2014

It seems some women in the world not only have no rights at all but are abused beyond belief.

8:24AM PST on Nov 24, 2014


8:24AM PST on Nov 24, 2014


3:50PM PST on Nov 22, 2014

If they are going to punish the women then they should punish the men too.I think they need to let God be the judge of it all and just stay out of it.

3:45PM PST on Nov 8, 2014

It sounds as if the woman would not have been humiliated thus had she not been allegedly involved with an alleged "man from another community" -- who may or may not even exist, the way these things seem to work. How many ‘powerful’ men in one's own community does a women have to turn down before it’s assumed she must be carrying on with some guy they don't know?

Where's the alleged boyfriend? If he's real, produce him. If you can't produce him, what makes you think she's been fooling around with ANYBODY?

This scam is at least as old as the Bible: men who think they can have any woman they want by saying, "Have sex with me, and you're safe. Turn me down, and I'll call you a whore in public and you'll suffer the consequences."

Justice would be the ‘powerful’ men who inflicted this humiliation being paraded naked through the same villages with pink and purple ribbons with bells on them tied on their wankers. And all the women and girls lining the road to laugh, point, and taunt.

I'd send in media coverage so the whole country could see it. And the message would be that any man who inflicts such humiliation on a woman can expect to walk those same miles through the same crowds.

Here's a clue for you, men: if you want to punish women for thinking they were too good for you, let the whole world see what those women were turning down. You may find sympathy and support for her choice is higher than you think.

1:38AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

The women was widowed, it doesn't say if the man was married - just that he was from another village.
These people in rural villages are very backwards and usually illiterate they still believe in superstitious nonsense, arranging marriages for their child brides with out a thought of the suffering they cause because they can't comprehend it.

The women can be just as bad and as cruel as the stupid men because they don't know any better and are conditioned to a life of misery as is their lot.
So the cycle just keeps repeating itself and it will take time, education, money before they can evolve mentally.
It's up to the law enforcers, the educated and the government in India to bring about the much needed changes so these humiliating and detrimental practices are stopped.

11:49AM PST on Nov 4, 2014

That poor woman.

6:50AM PDT on Oct 30, 2014


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