I find this story made public by Amnesty International very disheartening and horrific! For one, it is a violation of the most basic human rights but also, it is crude, brutish and unfair. Unfair is a little light; I think ‘evil’ explains it better!
Two sisters have been sentenced to be raped as punishment after their
brother ran off with a married woman. An unelected all-male village council (these so-called unelected male councils are popular in India and continue to make these kinds of horrible judgements) in India also ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are paraded naked with blackened faces.
The horrific order was revealed by Amnesty International which said the sisters and their family have fled their village in the Baghpat district, just outside of Delhi.
According to news site Zee Media, the sisters’ brother Ravi fell in love with a girl from the Jat caste, a higher social caste than Ravi and his family, who are Dalit, once known as the ‘untouchables’, who are at the bottom of India’s caste system. (Really!!, so in this modern day and era, in the 21st century, we still have things like caste system and people deemed ‘untouchables’. The painful thing about this is that people vow to maintain this as ‘tradition’ that even civilization cannot take away from them’)
The Jat woman’s family married her off to someone else in February but she later escaped and eloped with Ravi in March.
As punishment, on July 31 a village council decided Ravi’s sisters should be raped to avenge his actions.
Since the family fled their village their home has been ransacked.
This story is just sad and it further underlies the fact that not only these girls undergoes this kind of ordeal. It is almost a normal thing in many villages in India. The Indian Government should make sure they so something to stop these incessant human right abuses on their soil.