Widow is beaten with sticks and then paraded through the streets of her village

Bihar has witnessed a slew of incidents of crime against women in recent times but this was the worst case ever.

A middle-aged Dalit woman was assaulted and stripped by her own sons and relatives, who paraded her through the streets of Lalganj village in Gaya district of Bihar on Wednesday.

The victim, a widow, told the police that her sons and other relatives want to usurp her property and that’s why they beat her up with sticks and stripped her in public.

They also abused her and snipped her hair. In her complaint, the woman named three of her sons – Dilip Paswan, Chhotu Paswan and Sandeep Paswan – along with six others – Ramji Paswan, Pintu Paswan, Gautam Paswan, Munni Kumari, Muniya devi and Kamla Devi – for their involvement in her assault and humiliation.

The Dalit woman, a member of Ladu panchayat under Mohanpur police station of the district, has been admitted to Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College Hospital in Gaya with injuries all over her body.

The district superintendent of police has ordered a probe into the incident by Sherghati deputy superintendent of police. The matter came to light when the women’s helpline under the social welfare department – received a complaint from the victim.

It subsequently asked the women’s police station to lodge an FIR and take necessary action on the basis of the victim’s statement. Local police officials said the matter was being investigated and stern action would be taken against those, including her sons, who had perpetrated atrocities on the woman.

Villagers said the victim is eking out her livelihood by preparing meal for schoolchildren under the mid-day meal project. They said her sons had cast aspersion on her character and driven her out of their house.

One of her sons who lived in Surat in Gujarat had come to the village recently. His relatives complained to him about his mother’s character, saying they had ostracised her from the family. According to the villagers, the son got in touch with his brothers and other relatives and decided to ‘teach his mother a lesson’

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