A rape survivor from the Indian state of Gujarat will reportedly undergo a sanctity test to prove she’s fit to live with her husband. The test, known as “agnipariksha,” translates to “test of fire” from Hindi. It is widely known to have been applied to Queen Sita after she was abducted from her husband and subsequently rescued in the Hindu epic poem The Ramayana. In keeping with the tradition, the woman will reportedly be required to balance a 40-kilogram, or 88-pound, stone on her head to prove her purity. This incident is taking place at around the same time that a 14-year old pregnant gang-rape victim also from Gujurat was, after initially being denied, granted permission to terminate her pregnancy by India’s apex court. The rape survivor, wearing a veil over her face, spoke to a TV reporter from India Today and said she fears that her attacker will kill her after he’s released from prison.
Read the full story and watch the interview at India Today.