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12 YO Girl Raped, Forced to Shave Head and Host Feast for ‘Purification’ in Chhattisgarh


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12 YO Girl Raped, Forced to Shave Head and Host Feast for ‘Purification’ in Chhattisgarh

Cases of molestations and rapes with minors are not going to end in the country as another 12-year-old girl was raped last month in Kawardha district of Chhattisgarh. Not only this, she was ordered to purify herself by shaving off her head and offering a grand feast to the whole community of the village.



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The incident took place on January 21, when the girl and her mother were working at a construction site under a central scheme. A man, Arjun Yadav, sexually assaulted the girl and fled, said senior police officer LU Singh.


The next day after the incident, a community meeting was called where the accused was presented before the villagers. Though he was declared ‘guilty’ by the community but allowed to leave after just paying a fine.


Later, on February 4, villagers called another meeting where the survivor was asked to ‘cleanse’ her by shaving her head and ordered her family to throw a grand feast to the members of the community, containing meat and alcoholic drinks in order to ‘purify’ their daughter.



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The parents of the girl are daily wage laborers and belong to the Baiga community of Chhattisgarh. According to local people, the family is very poor and does not have a house to live in.


This shocking incident of the crime was revealed to the police from the local media after which the police visited the village for more inquiry. The accused has finally been arrested. However, the villagers who ordered the girl to shave her head are still missing, says the police.


Published by Shruti Kumari on 13 Feb 2018