Mob mentality

In India, 11 women and a man convicted for publicly stripping woman

A file photo shows Dalit women in Mumbai - the same caste as the woman who came under attack. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Eleven women and a man have been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for assaulting, stripping, and parading a 22-year-old low-caste Dalit woman through the Sewri district of Mumbai in 2010. The mob, enraged over the rape of a four-year-old girl by the woman’s brother, pulled her out of her home and stripped her in the street. Remarkably, the defense tried to argue that the women could not be considered guilty for violating the woman’s modesty because the relevant law used a male pronoun. The court rejected that argument, noting that the pronoun “he” in the context of that particular law applied to either a male or a female. The attackers were, however, acquitted of caste-related atrocities, a charge that would have made their punishment much harsher.

Read the full story at The Times of India.


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