Agartala: In an apparent case of ‘moral policing’, a 23-year-old woman in South Tripura district of Tripura allegedly died by suicide after locals shamed her and assaulted her on suspicion of having an illicit relationship with a local trader.

Obscene video clippings of the victim were also reportedly circulated among the villagers.

The victim, a resident of Birendra Chowmuhani Bazaar under Betaga ADC village, allegedly died by suicide on Wednesday, after a group of people from the locality barged in to her house and forced to wear a garland of shoes in front of everyone.

The incident happened after the locals allegedly came to know about her illicit relationship with a local trader for the past few months. Some had also photographed her with him.

Ananda Tripura, husband of the deceased, said that his wife was beaten up by the villagers in an arbitration meeting which was headed by two right-wing leaders — Kamal Tripura and Sajal Tripura.

“During the meeting, the leaders showed the obscene video to the people following which the women villagers started beating my wife. She could not take the pain and and was forced to take the extreme step,” Ananda said.

Soon after the incident came into light, the High Court of Tripura took suo motu cognizance and directed the chief secretary, director general of police, superintendent of police and sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) to provide details before the court.

“The court has asked the state to verify the incident and produce the details and action taken before the High Court on Friday,” the High Court source said.

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Meanwhile, South Tripura SP Kulwant Singh said that an inquiry has been initiated and an FIR has been registered against some unknown persons. “People involved in the case would be arrested immediately,” he added.

Dulal Datta, officer-in charge of Sabroom police station, said that a suo motu case was registered under Section 323,354,306 and 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“We have registered the case based on the information received. An investigation in the case has been launched and the people who were involved behind the crime would be arrested shortly,” Datta said.

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