Though our women might be leading the top offices in the USA, back at home some women are really facing the brunt of age-old oppression.
Recently, a teenage girl was tied to a tree and beaten up by villagers in Bihar’s Nawada area. What makes it more horrific – the punishment was supported by the girl’s parents.
They stood by and watched, along with other villagers, her being beaten up. The incident was filmed and the video has gone viral on social media.
According to news agency ANI, the woman from Rajauli village had run away with her boyfriend and the couple was living together in a nearby village.
But she was caught by the villagers and dragged back, where the panchayat decided that she must be punished for eloping with a man of a different caste. But her own father said the punishment was justified for the ‘crime’ committed by his daughter.
“We want her to get married to someone from our own caste and not outside of it” he said.
He further added:
“She was tied because she is a criminal. She wants to go with a man from another caste”
The video of the assault shows that many villagers watched the assault and the girl fainted several times, but that did not deter the men from thrashing her.
The question that we have is to what level our society will go to oppress woman – Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Public Thrashing?
But, the only message that we have is – “We will fight! We won’t give up!”