We have yet another case of the rape of a child in an Indian province. In Jaipur, a six-year-old girl was raped by a 40-year-old man, identified as Kailash. Rather than go to police, the family went before a “caste council” or panchayat that ordered the family to marry the girl to the eight-year-old son of the alleged rapist. As negotiations continued with the caste council and the victim’s family, the girl was allegedly raped again by the man.
Kailash allegedly lived in the girl’s neighborhood and locked her in a room and raped her. That is when the wise “elders” of the village stepped in. In the bizarre mind of the caste system in India, the council told the family to marry off the girl to the rapist’s son as if that would make things all better. In these cultures, a raped girl is often ostracized and treated as ruined or impure.
To their credit, the family rejected the proposal. However, they appear to have entered “negotiations” with rapist. While those negotiations continued, he is accused of raping her again. It was only then that the police were notified.
Clearly, this type of unspeakable abuse will continue until panchayat members are held accountable for such acts. Much like the allegations against the Catholic church, their actions enabled and protected a rapist and pedophile. Girls will continue to be abuse in the name of religion and tradition until such “elders” are declared to be criminals in their own right.
Source: India Times