Patna: In a shocking incident, a 50-year-sold woman and her 22-year-old married daughter were abused, beaten up and their heads were tonsured after they resisted attempt of rape by a group of half a dozen neighbours in a village in Bihar’s Vaishali district, police on Thursday said.
Accused had reportedly forcibly entered their house in Biharipur village in Vaishali on Wednesday evening and allegedly tried to rape the daughter of the middle-aged woman, but when she opposed it and protested, both of them were abused and beaten up by them, according to police. The accused then reportedly locked them in a room and brought a barber to tonsure heads of the mother and the daughter. He simply did his job and tonsured both of them.
Shocked and afraid for their lives, the poverty-stricken women approached some villagers, who reportedly helped them by taking them to the police station. They lodged a complaint against six named accused – most of whom are their neighbours.
"They beat us up, abused us. Called us characterless. All because we were resisting them, as they tried to rape us,” said the mother while speaking to NewsClick over phone.
In a written complaint to the police, the daughter has mentioned the name of a ward member (an elected member of panchayat body) among the accused.
Bhagwanpur police station officer in-charge Sanjay Kumar told NewsClick that the two accused including ward member Mohd Khurshid and barber Dashrath Thakur were arrested. “We will arrest other accused in the case soon,” he said.
Kumar said that the mother and daughter have informed the police that they were also paraded them in village for a few minutes. “After some villagers objected to it, both were ordered to go inside their house,” he said.
Bihar State Women’s Commission has directed the local police to take strict action against the accused.
Opposition leaders have condemned it and targeted state government saying this incident has again exposed the ground reality of women empowerment.