Jaipur: On Monday, when the country celebrated its 70th Independence Day, a woman in Rajasthan's Ajmer district was badly thrashed, tied to tree and her hair was chopped by villagers over suspicion of having illicit relationship.
Ironically, the incident took place nearly 1 km away from a place in Ajmer where Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje unfurled the national flag. According to reports, a woman, living in Ambedkar Kachchi Basti of Ajmer, was on Monday dragged out out of her house, tied to a tree and thrashed by all present.
The victim was accused of having multiple sexual relation in the village. Those who beat her up alleged that her behaviour was disrupting the social fabric of the village. Scores of villages looked on as the woman was beaten up by not only men but also women, who had been her neighbours.
Deserted by her husband earlier, the victim lives in Ambedkar Kachchi Basti with her two children. Interestingly, till this incident happened none of her neighbours ever complained against her for anything.
The audacity of the perpetrators could only be gauged from the fact that one of them called up local police station. Police personnel visited the spot promptly but stood there as mute spectators.
As the news spread, the SHO of the Christianganj Police Station Vijender Gill rushed to the spot and carried out preliminary inquiry.