Woman stripped, tied to tree in Tripura village

Women tied

At a time when there is a growing outrage across the nation over the gangrape of a young woman in New Delhi, a woman was beaten up, stripped naked, paraded and tied to a tree for several hours in a village in Tripura, hardly 28 km from the state capital. The police however have denied initial reports that it was also a case of gangrape.

While the incident occurred late on Wednesday night, the woman managed to reach the nearest police station only next morning to register a complaint. The police have so far arrested seven persons and sent them to jail, but the woman's husband, mother-in-law and a sister-in-law have remained traceless.

"Going by the woman's complaint, it was the husband who was behind the atrocities on her, which included hiring a couple of local goons to attack her first. The woman was returning from a shop when two or three local youth passed lewd remarks on her. As she protested they molested her, following which more people gathered, among whom about 10 to 12 persons beat her, stripped her, paraded her naked and then tied her to a tree," Sepahijala district SP Smriti Ranjan Das told The Sunday Express from Bishalgarh.

The woman (37) is a resident of village Rangapaniya located about 8 km from the nearest police station at Bishalgarh. The SP said that seven persons including three women have been arrested since Friday and sent to jail custody.

"The woman said her husband has been accusing her of immoral activities for the past few months and it was he who had organised some persons including local goons and even women to harass her," the SP said.

A case under Sections 384(A) and 323/384 of the IPC, all non-bailable, has been registered.

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