“Amnesty International has called on Indian authorities to ensure the safety of the young woman and her 15-year-old sibling after they were sentenced by village elders.
“The organisation says Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her sister have been ordered by a Khap Panchayat – a village council – to be raped and humiliated.
“More than 100,000 people have now signed the online petition to stop the punishment being meted out in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.
“The unelected, all-male, council made the ruling after their brother apparently ran away with a married woman from the village’s dominant Jat caste.”
“Rape is a revolting crime, not a punishment. It’s no wonder this disgusting ‘sentence’ has provoked global outrage. These Khap courts routinely order vile sexually violent punishments against women. The government of Uttar Pradesh has an urgent duty to keep this family safe.”
– Rachel Alcock, Amnesty International
I have signed the petition. I urge you all to do the same.
G D Williams on behalf of Loch Garry Blog.
August 30, 2015