Eleven women jailed for parading woman naked in Mumbai

HAPPnakasaEleven women and a man have been sentenced to two years prison for assaulting another 22-year-old woman, ripping her clothes off and parading her naked in Sewri in 2010.

The sessions court rejected the defence plea that women cannot be held guilty under the charge of outraging the modesty of a woman.

In 2010 the gang attacked the victim whose brother had earlier been arrested for raping a four-year-old girl, and the court said the case presented showed that the rape incident had enraged the accused women who collected in an unlawful assembly and mauled the victim.

Reports say the court is right in holding that a woman can be held guilty of outraging the modesty of a woman, just as much as a man can. The patriarchal mindset that is behind many sexual offences is, after all, not the monopoly of men.