Village mob dubs women as thieves, shears their hair

In a shocking incident, people in an Uttar Pradesh village allegedly publicly cut the hair of three women, thrashed them and held them hostage for several hours after dubbing them members of a chain snatching gang.

The incident occurred in Nagla Sikander village in UP’s Ferozabad district, about 325 km from here, on Wednesday evening, police sources here said on Thursday.

According to reports, the three women were caught by the people at a religious function in the village after some women from the village alleged that their chains had been snatched by someone in the crowd.

The three women were taken to a house where they were held hostage for several hours and were interrogated by the people. 

It was alleged that a few gold chains were recovered from their possession when they were frisked.

The women were thrashed and taken to an open field. A group of people then ordered that their hair be cut publicly as punishment. 

Reports said the women cried inconsolably and begged to be spared. But the mob did not listen to them and their hair was cut in full public view. Nobody dared to come to their rescue.

Sources said three more women had been held hostage by the mob but they were rescued by police who had reached the spot on getting the information. A case was registered against some villagers and three of them were taken into custody.

The incident triggered panic in the district administration and senior officials rushed to the spot. 

A police picket was stationed at the village as a precautionary measure.The three women were also booked by police on charges of chain snatching. They are said to be residents of Agra.

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