On the orders of the Jat panchayat of the Gopal community in Satara district, a 13 year-old girl was brutally flogged along with her 55-year-old father, who was sentenced to 25 strokes and a fine of Rs.7,000 for allegedly molesting his daughter.
The teenage daughter was beaten as many times in what was called a ‘cleansing ritual’.
Maharashtra police said the man who was arrested for sexually assaulting his daughter is an alcoholic and had lost his wife some 6 months ago. They arrested the Panchayat members on the basis of a video clip.
The Gopals are nomads who mostly work as tumblers and roadside acrobats.