It happened once again in Assam. In a shocking incident of mob justice, a woman at Bihali in Northern Assam’s Biswanath district was dragged out of her house, tied to light post and thrashed her mercilessly by a group of women.
They also chopped off her hair and smeared ash on her face. The incident took place on Wednesday at Roumari village under Bihali police station in the district.
The accused women alleged that she had taken a loan of Rs 60,000 from a village agent of Bandhan Bank but did not pay the amount on due date even though she promised to do so. The annoyed women of the village took the woman out of her house and resorted to mob justice, police said.
“The woman was dragged out of her house, tied her to light post, cut her hair and beat her up black and blue. Scores of villages looked on as the woman was beaten up the women, who had been her neighbours, in front of her son,” said a police official.
When the incident was reported to the police, a team reached the spot and rescued her. Police rushed the woman, who suffered multiple injuries, to a hospital. The husband of the woman has filed a case in Bihali police station.
Biswanath SP Diganta Kr Choudhury said police have picked up six women in connection with the incident. They have been identified as Marami Bora, Jina Bora, Boby Rajkhowa, Jonali Rajkhowa, Mousumi Saikia and Rupa Bora.
This is not an isolated incident of such nature in Assam. In a case of ‘moral policing‘, a woman was assaulted by a group of men when she was going with a male friend to a medical centre in Western Assam’s Goalpara district.
In another apparent case of moral policing, a couple was allegedly beaten up night-long and the woman’s head shaved by villagers for having an ‘illicit affair’ in Nagaon district in June this year.