3 arrested, search on for 2 more for stripping woman | India News


TARN TARAN: Three persons have been arrested, and a police search is on for two more people, for allegedly stripping a 55-year-old woman off her kurta and forcing her to walk through her neighbourhood unclad in an incident which took place in a Tarn Taran village on March 31, said a police official here on Saturday.
A video of the incident had since gone viral online, sparking outrage and calls for action against the accused who allegedly humiliated the woman as vengeance over her son eloping with a girl from their neighbourhood.The Punjab State Commission for Women has already taken notice of the incident.
Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ashwani Kapoor said police had arrested the mother-in-law of the victim’s son, his brother-in-law and another relative.
Their identities have been withheld to protect the identity of the victim. The SSP said they were on the lookout for two more accused in the case.
Kapoor said the victim’s son had a love marriage with a woman from his neighbourhood a month ago. The SSP said the woman’s mother, brother and brothers reached the newlywed man’s paternal home on March 31 and had an argument with his mother, who was alone at home. As tempers flared, they stripped the woman off her kurta and made her walk on the street outside.
The woman has told the police that she was trying to escape an assault from five people when they tore off her clothes and made her walk outside.
She added that she had nothing to do with her son eloping with the woman.
Based on the complaint, the FIR was registered on Wednesday under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 354D (stalking), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
“We are hopeful of nabbing one more accused by today evening. Others will be apprehended soon,” the SSP said.


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