Panchayat sets free rapists; NHRC seeks report

New Delhi: The NHRC on Thursday issued notice to Bihar Government seeking a report within four weeks in connection with the decision of a village panchayat to set free alleged rapists by just imposing a fine of Rs one lakh.

Taking cognizance of a complaint based on a media report alleging that a village panchayat in Bihar decided to hush up a case of gang rape by four men by asking them to merely pay a fine of Rs one lakh, the NHRC asked the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police in Bihar to submit detailed reports within four weeks in the matter.

"The Panchayat's sense of justice did not stop at that point as they also forced the victim to divorce her husband. The incident is reported to have happened at village Girdih district Jamui in October last year," the Commission said.

It said the complainant has prayed for inquiry into the matter after registering an FIR, providing appropriate police protection to the victim and directing to initiate other actions as deemed fit in the matter.