COUNCIL ELDERS IN INDIA FORCE 6 YEAR OLD TO MARRY SON OF HER RAPIST – The unnamed 6 year old girl and victim of rape is being forced to marry the 8 year old son of the man that repeatedly raped her.
The young girl was held captive and locked in a room for two weeks and repeatedly raped by the 40 year old man in a village of Keshavpura, in Rajasthan.
The victim’s family elected to take their complaint to a council of elder’s instead of the police who then decided the ‘honourable’ thing was for the 6 year old girl to marry the rapist’s 8 year old son.
According to reports the mother of the victim contested the elder’s decision as this would require her daughter to live under the same roof as the rapist.
Despite her fears the council elder’s ruling held and the girl was taken to the house of her rapist and yet again the child told her mother that the man had again raped her just one day later.
Whilst this beggar’s belief the council elder’s remain convinced that the only course of justice here is for the girl to marry the son of the rapist and once again India is under scrutiny from Human Rights groups around the world who are astonished that such a practice can be allowed in modern times.
This case is but one in a long line of horrendous sexual assaults on women and very young girls in India; one recent rape resulted in the death of a 23 year old medical student in Delhi and the world publicized rape on an international photojournalist just last month.
The latest reports on this case is that the police are now involved after social services took the parents and their daughter to Mahaveer Nagar police station in Kota where a formal complaint was made.
Soon after the complaint police the man was arrested and is being held whilst they investigate. Police also reported that they are carrying out a full investigation in to the council elder’s and their decision.
Campaigners continue to appeal against child marriages but in many villages across India it is still wide spread and it is still common in the village of Keshavpura, in Rajasthan.
Campaigners continued to demand that laws are changed and that the authorities impose tougher sentences for those who rape women and children. This latest incident will no doubt embarrass the Indian Government but whether this is enough to force them to change the laws is another matter.