Police in India have arrested fourteen people and is looking for four others after they were suspected of being a part of a gang that had burnt a 16-year-old girl alive after she exposed the names of two men that had raped her.
The rape had occurred in the village of Chatra, which is located in eastern Jharkhand state.
According to initial police reports, the two men had attacked and raped the young girl while she was alone at home, and her parents were away at a wedding.
Upon the parents return, the teenager told them what had occurred, which caused the parents to file a complaint with the village elders.
Though not a part of India’s legal system, village elders are generally highly respected, and usually, have the moral power to pass punishments for crimes committed within their communities.
So, in the case of the rape incident, the elders determined, after a trial, that as punishment, the two rapists should do 100 push-ups and pay a fine of 50,000 rupees (or US$750) to settle the matter.
However, the guilty verdict angered the two men who went away and bought 16 of their friends to attack the girl in her home and then burn her alive, rather than paying the fine.
A journalist at the Times of India had told this publication earlier today during a WhatsApp inquiry, that the problem has now become two-fold, since the village elders were arrested mere hours ago for witness tampering.
She explained that reports of criminal occurrences are to be lodged with the police and not village elders, an issue that is still tolerated, often until something really bad such as this has happened.
One of the alleged rapists is said to be among the 14 people that were arrested, while the other and three of his accomplices are on the run.
Courtesy of the Guyana Guardian.