In the Pachwad village of Satara district in Maharashtra, a 13 year old girl was brutally beaten as a “cleansing act” after she was molested by her own father. The order was issued by Jat panchayat of the village who also punished the girl’s father with 25 strokes of wooden sticks and 7000 INR in fine. The girl was beaten as many times as her father was beaten.
The incident came into light via a video shot by an RTI activist which shows the man tied up and getting beaten. Complaint was lodged with Bhuinj police on the night of 3rd March and 4 of the panchayat members were arrested. Satara district superintendent of police Abhinav Deshmukh said, “The panchayat punished him and his daughter on Thursday. We arrested panchayat members Shivaji Pawar, Dattu Chavan, Sarjerao Chavan and Rajaram Pawar on Friday, on the basis of the video clip,”