UP panchayat settles rape case with 5 slaps

 A panchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnore district settled an alleged rape case by ordering that the accused be slapped five times.

Reports said the accused was slapped five times by the victim’s uncle and thereafter the case was settled. 

No complaint was lodged with police.

The reports also said the victim, a resident of Mandavar area in the district, was allegedly raped by a youth of the same village on Wednesday. 

The culprit dragged the victim to the nearby forests, when she had gone out to answer the call of nature, and raped her. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she told her parents about the incident.The victim narrated the incident to her parents on Thursday after which they decided to lodge a complaint with the police.  

However, the parents were stopped midway by culprit’s family members who later convened a panchayat to discuss the matter, the reports said.

The panchayat, which deliberated on the matter, concluded that the accused should be let off after being slapped. 

The victim’s uncle then slapped him five times and the matter ended there.  The girl’s parents decided not to lodge a complaint, the reports said.

Police said they had no information about the matter but said will launch an investigation.

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