In a far-flung village in Madhya Pradesh, a woman walks sluggishly on what appears to be an agricultural field left dry and uncultivated at this time of the year.
It’s a sunny day and there is no trace of shade nearby. As she walks, her legs tremble. At one point you may feel she is about to collapse under the weight she is being forced to carry on her shoulder.
The woman, who appears to be in her twenties, is surrounded by a crowd of tens of people. All of them are men-young, mid-age and the old. They are shouting, some dancing and others hooting at her plight.
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There are also the ones who are recording the scene on their mobile phones. Others are armed with sticks and one carries a small pole atop which a flag flutters.
The woman’s crime?
She is accused of having an affair with a man from a different caste.
The villagers have forced the woman to carry her husband on her shoulders as a punishment.
This happened nearly 340 km away from Bhopal in a village called Devigarh village in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.
A 33-second long video of this has been tweeted by news agency ANI. It starts with a scene where the woman is seen carrying her husband on her shoulder as the men surrounding her egg her on to continue walking.
When she pauses to rest, the crowd jeers. Helpless, she continues to walk with her feet trembling under her husband’s weight on her shoulder.
The local police have reportedly taken note of the matter. Superintendent of Police (SP) of Jhabua, Vineet Jain, told news agency ANI that two people have been arrested so far.
“Some people in a group disrespected a woman in Devigarh, Jhabua. A case has been registered against all of them and two people have been arrested so far,” ANI quoted him as saying.