Amarpur, Tripura: In yet another incident of ‘moral policing’, a woman was tied to a tree, thrashed and humiliated by a mob in a village under Birganj police station in Tripura on Wednesday. The mob allegedly took ‘action’ after the woman was allegedly found to have an illicit relationship with one of her neighbours.
However, the local police managed to rescue the woman from the clutches of the angry mob. No arrest has been made till the filing of the report.
A section of villagers under Birganj police station, 80 km from state capital of Agartala, in Purba Rangamati Gomati district, thrashed the victim, tied her to a tree, garlanded her with sandals and poured ink on her face, all because she was allegedly having an illicit relationship with one of her neighbours.
As per villagers, the woman was caught red-handed with one Ranjit Das, her neighbour, at his residence on Wednesday. The woman, however, had a different story to tell. She was working in the paddy field when neighbours rushed to her, tied her to a tree and garlanded her with sandals.
Such instances of ‘instant justice’ is not new to the state. In 2014, a similar incident took place in Tata Kalibari Chandrapur of Agartala.
A village woman was tied to a wooden pillar and beaten up by a section of villagers, especially the youths. Even after filling a case, no arrest was initially made by the local police. However, when videos and news related to the incident went viral, the high court registered a suo moto case two years later. Seven persons were sent to four years in jail.