Two Indian sisters have been sentenced to be raped as punishment after their brother ran off with a married woman.
The two, 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister has also been ordered by an unelected all-male village council in India to be paraded naked with blackened faces.
The problem started when the two sisters’ brother Ravi fell in love with a girl from the Jat caste, a higher social caste than Ravi and his family, who are Dalit, once known as the ‘untouchables’, who are at the bottom of India’s caste system.
The Jat woman’s family married her off to someone else in February but she later escaped and eloped with Ravi in March.
As punishment, on July 31 a village council decided Ravi’s sisters should be raped to avenge his actions.
The sisters and their family have fled their village in the Baghpat district, just outside of Delhi. Since the family fled their village their home has been ransacked.
Sumit Kumar, another brother of Meenakshi, said that members of the Jat caste were powerful members of the village council, saying: “The Jat decision is final.”
His family fears for their lives if they return. Meenakshi has filed a petition with India’s Supreme Court asking for protection.
They are also worried about the safety of the Jat woman, who is believed to be pregnant with Ravi’s child.
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