A tribal woman was beaten up in public, disrobed and paraded around the village with her husband on shoulders and a garland of footwear around her neck, by her husband and his relatives in Bagli of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh.
The incident is said to have occurred two days ago, but videos of it went viral on Sunday, following which the police reached the spot and booked 12 people, including the accused husband, for assault, outraging of modesty, rioting and criminal intimidation. All the accused have been arrested and sent to jail, a Twitter note on the official handle of Dewas superintendent of police (SP) said.
The incident came close on the heels of a tribal woman set afire by land encroachers in Guna district in the state. The woman is battling for her life in a Bhopal hospital.
Former chief minister and MP Congress chief sharpened his attack on the BJP government and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He claimed that in many incidents of violence against tribals, the names of BJP workers have emerged as accused.
In a series of tweets, Nath, addressing Chouhan, said, “You indulge in drama in the name of tribals, but the condition of tribals is deteriorating every day. Shivraj ji I am ashamed of the condition of my tribal brothers and sisters. Do you not feel ashamed too?
Mentioning the Dewas incident, Nath also asked Chouhan as to why tribal women were facing barbaric oppression in the state. “What is the reason that you keep making announcements, and excesses on tribal women keep on increasing? This is not the first incident. A tribal family was buried alive in Nemawar; in Neemuch, a tribal man was tied to a vehicle and dragged, leading to his death. In many such violent incidents, involvement of BJP workers has emerged. Shivraj ji, should the people of MP now accept that the tribals are facing such excesses in the protection of your government,” Nath asked.
The incident in Dewas was reported from Borpadav village under Udainagar police station. According to sources, the 30-year-old woman, mother of three, had gone missing a week ago after a bitter quarrel with her husband over alleged extra-marital affair. On the day of the incident, the husband came to know that the woman was hiding at the house of her paramour in the village itself.
The husband then dragged the woman out of this house, and along with his relatives beat her up mercilessly in public. She was also partially disrobed, forced to wear a garland of footwear around her neck and paraded around the village with her husband on her shoulders. Only one or two persons intervened later, although most of the villagers were witnesses to the incident. Videos of the entire incident were shot, and at least two of them went viral. It was on the basis of these videos that the police registered a case.