A shocking video emerged from a village showing a young girl tied to her alleged rapist.
The clip, recorded in Madhya Pradesh, India, shows a 16-year-old girl tied to a man with a rope.
As they walk through a noisy crowd, they can be heard screaming and singing “Long Live Mother India”.
The girl’s family were reportedly among those who insisted she was publicly shamed after allegations of rape surfaced.
Police arrived at the scene and rescued the girl who was reportedly attacked during the humiliating ritual.
Six people, including the alleged rapist, were arrested.
According to NDTV, police officer Dilip Singh Bilwal said, “One of the cases was against the 21-year-old man charged with rape.
“Another FIR (first informational report) was filed against family members of the girl and the villagers for being brought up and beaten in the village.”
India has come into the spotlight around the world in recent years due to its records of sexual violence.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, there were 32,033 rape cases in the country in 2019, averaging 88 per day.
While this gives India a significantly lower per capita rate than other countries – and about a quarter of France, for example – it is generally accepted that high rates of rape in the country are not reported.
This may be due in part to a victim blame culture that can extend from the villages to the court system.
Over the past month, Justice Krishna Dixit has received widespread criticism after granting early bail before arrest a man charged with rape in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.
He suggested the victim’s allegations were false and asked why she fell asleep after the alleged attack.
He said her argument “that she was tired” was “unsuitable for an Indian woman; this is not how our women react when molested”. Nikkei reported.
In the past few years, several rape cases in India have attracted international attention because of their shocking nature.
The rape of a 23-year-old student on a public bus in Delhi in 2012 sparked protests across the capital.
She was with a male friend who was severely beaten with an iron rod, which was then used to pierce her so strongly that the victim’s bowel had to be surgically removed.
She died thirteen days after the attack.
Further large-scale protests were called after the death of a woman hospitalized in Delhi following an attack in northern Uttar Pradesh state in September.