A village council in Northern India allegedly ordered a woman, whose husband has disappeared with a neighbour’s wife and children, to live with the deserted male or pay him compensation, police said on Tuesday.
Police are investigating the complaint Rajendra Meghwal filed at a council in the desert state of Rajasthan, requesting help after his wife and two children disappeared with Kalulai Mefghwal.
April 23 rd, 2015
Ordered to live with the abandoned man
Kalul’s wife Mamta has told police that the council has ordered her to live with the deserted male or to pay Rajendra 300,000 rupees in compensation for her husband’s wicked actions.
"The woman was not present in the khap assembly but she complained to us that she has been asked to pay money or live with Rajendra," local police officer Sanjay Kumar told AFP.
Ordered only to live or to serve as a house employee
It was not clear whether the woman was asked to live with him as his companion or as his employee. Sanjay Kumar said police officers have started questioning council members after Mamta filed the complaint with the police.
Although Panchayats carry no legal weight, they can be highly influential and have been blamed for many abuses such as the sanctioning of "honour killings" of women whose actions are deemed to have shamed their family.
Panchayats often comprise of an elected group of elders, who are seen as the social and moral arbiters of village life.
Family honour is described as the perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects the social standing and the self-evaluation of a group of related people. Failure to preserve that reputation often leads to severe punishment and even to death in some cultures. Honour killings are notorious in Middle Eastern and South Asian countries such as Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. Wives and mothers are among the victims of these moral crimes, details of which are very shocking. Early this week, a sad case of a Pakistani woman was reportedly burnt alive by her husband and her father-in-law for not asking permission to visit her sister. Also, recently, a young girl was burnt alive by the man she had refused to marry. It is estimated that 1,000 honour killings occur each year in Pakistan.
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