Bhind: A 45-year-old woman was allegedly paraded naked and thrashed by family members of her daughter-in-law in Lahar town in the district, police said today.
The incident took place yesterday and five accused, including a woman, have been identified by the police and a case has been registered against them.
According to police, those indulged in the alleged crime were enraged over the marriage of the victim’s son with a girl from their family.
“The victim’s son had a court marriage with the girl sometime back, which was opposed by the latter’s parents,” Bhind District Superintendent of Police (SP) Navneet Bhasin said quoting the complaint.
“Yesterday, when they came to know that their daughter had returned to Lahar, they forcibly entered her house. However, when they did not find the newly-wed couple inside, they allegedly pulled the 45-year-old woman out, stripped her and then beat her after chopping off her hair. She was then paraded naked in the area,” the SP added.
After some time, they escaped leaving the woman there. The victim’s family members later took her to a nearby hospital, which referred her to Gwalior for treatment, the SP said.
The accused were identified as Murli Manohar, Ravi, Ramprakash, Jaisingh and Vijaylaxmi and a case has been registered against them under sections 294, 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and police are probing the stripping charges against them, the SP said.
“The victim’s clothes and her chopped hair were recovered from the spot,” Bhasin said.
The woman’s husband Bhagwandas has alleged that police have booked the accused under mild sections of the IPC.
Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has directed Bhind SP to submit a report on the issue.
Congress MLA from Lahar Dr Govind Singh has condemned the incident and alleged negligence on the part of police in dealing with the matter with seriousness.