Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 15:52
India: Woman gang-raped on orders of 'kangaroo court'
Police in India's West Bengal have held 13 people in connection with a gang rape of a woman, allegedly on orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.
The 20-year-old woman has been admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
Police said the latest incident on Monday night was prompted by the relationship between a tribal woman and a non-tribal man belonging to an adjoining village in Birbhum district.
The relationship was going on for almost five years. When the man visited the woman's home on Monday with the proposal of marriage, villagers spotted him and organised a kangaroo court.
The headman of the woman's village fined the couple 25,000 rupees for "the crime of falling in love", and because the woman's family were unable to pay, the headman, who is a distant relative of the woman, then allegedly ordered the rape.
Police have arrested 13 men, including the headman, in connection with the incident.