A 30-year-old woman set herself on fire on Wednesday in West Bengal’s Malda district after a kangaroo court ordered her alleged rapist to apologise instead of punishing him. The woman died on Thursday.
She was allegedly raped by a 22-year-old neighbour at her home on Tuesday while her husband was away.
Village elders allegedly prevented her husband from complaining to the police and set up a kangaroo court instead.
The alleged rapist was let off after he reportedly apologized to the woman by touching her feet. Then his mother allegedly questioned the woman’s character in front of the entire village. Humiliated, she set herself on fire.
The mother of the alleged rapist has been arrested while her son is absconding.