Woman stripped, whipped on 'orders' of kangaroo court in Bihar

The illegal court at the Gwaltoli-Kalyannagar village summoned the woman on July 8 and directed her to to remarry her second husband from whom she had divorced earlier, SP P Kanan said on Tuesday, quoting the FIR lodged by her.

Kanan said the woman's first husband died four years after their marriage and then she married Mohammad Islam of the same village and the couple had a son. But, the marriage did not work and the couple divorced.

Subsequently, when her five-year-old son was down with fever, she had to call her divorced husband as she was living in penury, the SP said. After the son recovered, Islam left. Kanan said Islam and his brother Samsuddin later connived in summoning the kangaroo court which was headed by a former mukhiya, Akalu.

The kangaroo court first asked her to pay money equivalent to that required for construction of a house, besides wheat and rice to the former mukhiya. As she refused she was dragged to a mangrove on the outskirts of the village, stripped and whipped.

Kanan said the woman lodged an FIR on July 11 after which Akalu and Samsuddin were arrested.

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