Reading this story turned my stomach, at least metaphorically. Following the rape of a 6-year old girl by a 40-year old man in India, a caste council (or panchayat) has ordered the victim to be married to the 8-year old son of her rapist. I’m not entirely clear on how much authority such councils actually have.
The 40-year-old man, identified as Kailash, raped the girl who lives in his neighbourhood about a fortnight ago, police said.
“Kailash locked her in a room and raped her. Instead of registering a police complaint, elders belonging to the girl’s caste called a panchayat (village council) meeting,” a police official said.
The panchayat ordered the girl’s parents to get her married to Kailash’s minor son.
However, the girl’s parents as well as Kailash refused to accept the panchayat’s decision.
And even as negotiations were going on between the girls’ parents and the accused, Kailash again raped the girl on Wednesday, police said.
Sounds a lot like the Mosaic law in the Bible, which says that a man who rapes a woman who is not married must pay the woman’s father 50 pieces of silver and then he gets to marry the woman he raped. This is utter barbarism.
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