Satara, Mar 4: The panchayat of Gopal village in Maharashtra resorted to Talibani code of conduct while handling a case of domestic rape. The village falls under Satara district. A 14-year-old rape victim was sentenced 10 pubic lashed for ‘not resisting rape’ by her father.
The girl was being raped by for the past four years by her own biological father. The matter came to light when the victim got pregnant. Instead of ordering police action against the father, the panchayat exhibited a medieval dogmatic mindset by ordering severe punishment to the girl instead of considering the trauma she has suffered from the age of 10. Shockingly, the father of the girl was also ordered the same punishment. (ALSO READ: #DearDaddy: This video on sexual violence against women explains how rape culture is bred in our society)
A Satara-based RTI activist Sachin Bhise captured images of the shameful punishment meted out by the village authorities to the father and girl. He approached the district police and demanded action. According to news channels, police raided the village on Thursday and arrested the girl’s father along with the key panchayat members. The victim was also taken into police custody to admit her in a rehabilitation unit.
Police has assured action against the panchayat authorities for acting in the unconstitutional manner. The father of the girl would also be dalt with appropriate penal action.