Woman publicly stripped for eloping with lover

A tribal woman age 25, who is the mother of two, returned to her village of Wadhwa near Indore along with her lover. She was promptly ordered to appear before the tribal panchayat (village council) who decided to punish her and her young lover Kamlesh. The couple were first beaten up in the presence of villagers and then tonsured. The woman was also stripped and Kamlesh was forced to breastfeed, while the entire episode went on unabated even though the woman's husband opposed the violent humiliating punishment. The abused woman, who had allegedly eloped with Kamlesh to neighbouring Gujarat was brought back to the village by her husband and the village sarpanch. She reported the incident to the Udaigarh police who registered a case against 10 accused and began raids to find and arrest them.