Aunt and nephew forced to strip and bathe publicly to 'atone' for alleged affair

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Aunt and nephew forced to strip and bathe publicly to 'atone' for alleged affair

An aunt and her nephew were forced to strip naked and bathe in public to ‘atone’ for their alleged affair.

Around 400 locals watched on as the couple were humiliated in the village of Sola, in Sikar, Rajasthan, reports say.

Police have arrested nine people allegedly involved in the degrading punishment.

A video appears to show an assembly of village elders, known as a Khap Panchayat, sentencing the pair.

The incident took place on August 21 after the victims’ families reportedly agreed to the punishment in order to avoid becoming outcasts in the village.

The Khap Panchayat also ordered the nephew’s family to pay £318, while the auntie’s relatives were told to hand over £225, the New Indian Express reports.

The newspaper reports the couple were made to strip and bathe to ‘atone for the sin of illicit relation’.

Rakesh Kumar, the general secretary of the All Rajasthan Sansi Development Council, said: “If the families of the couple had not agreed to bathe them publicly, they would have been made social outcasts.

“Their families would not have been called to any social functions and if somebody had dared to invite them, that family too would have been made outcasts.”

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Sikar Superintendent of Police Sawai Singh said: “We’ve demanded that action should be taken against the 8-10 ‘panch’.

“We’ve also demanded that a separate FIR (a police report) should be lodged for gathering a large number of crowd amid COVID-19. If there’s relation was illicit, FIR be registered against them.”

Police are currently gathering statements from villagers and collecting videos and picture of the incident as part of an ongoing investigation.

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