Thousands urge help for Indian sisters ‘ordered raped’ | World | thenews.com.pk
Mon November 20, 2017
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

World

August 31, 2015

Share

Advertisement

Thousands urge help for Indian sisters ‘ordered raped’

Thousands urge help for Indian sisters ‘ordered raped’
NEW DELHI: Thousands have signed a petition urging protection for two Indian sisters after a local council allegedly ordered them raped and paraded naked as “punishment” after their brother eloped with a married woman.
Amnesty International said on Sunday more than 122,000 people have joined its online petition in recent days to protest at the order by the council of elders or “khap panchayat” in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
“An unelected all-male village council (khap panchayat) ordered that they be raped and paraded naked, their faces blackened, as punishment for the actions of their brother,” Amnesty’s petition said.
One of the sisters this month filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking protection for her family after they were forced to flee their village in Bhagpat district.
The family, from the lowest “untouchable” Dalit caste, was forced into hiding after the brother eloped with a woman from the village’s dominant Jat caste, according to lawyer Vivek Singh.
The council of Jat elders issued the rape order against the sisters, aged 23 and 15, in July after Jats falsely accused the brother of abducting the married woman, Singh said.
“They were threatened by the Jats with rape. They wanted to take revenge for the actions of their brother,” Singh, acting for the 23-year-old sister who filed the case, told AFP. The Supreme Court ordered Uttar Pradesh authorities to reply to the sister’s petition by September 15.
Advertisement

Comments

Advertisement

Topstory

Opinion

Newspost

Editorial

National

World

Sports

Business

Karachi

Lahore

Islamabad

Peshawar

Advertisement