Headlines in DNA, Pune today:
If bride fails she is beaten up till a youth’s name is ‘revealed’.
The youth the girl named, (after being beaten mercilessly) was made to go through ‘agni pariksha‘ – trial by fire.
The girl’s father was made to pay Rs 1. 50 lakhs as she ‘lied’ to the Jat Panchayat
Former Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor and city advocate are members of the panchayat.
Community members, who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation, told DNA that all brides are subjected to the virginity test. If they fail, they are thrashed till they reveal the details of their past relationships.
“The bride must bleed during her first intercourse with her husband,” a community member said. The community is unwilling to believe that the girl’s hymen can rupture due to household chores or cycling.
Some community members who are now trying to get rid of the practice, said a bride who is thrashed often names some innocent youth with whom she has never had any physical relationship. He said as is common in many castes, “the panchayat runs its own judiciary and resolves issues”.
Rarely will a community member approach the police or judiciary with complaints.
Last year at Yerawada, the jat panchayat had forced a similar agni pariksha on a youth. He was ordered to walk on burning charcoal. The police later intervened in the matter.
We are an enlightened lot!
This is why I don’t like our blind faith in TRADITIONS. Tests by fire! In this time and age? And educated elders are involved, who should know better. And if they don’t, then it only proves that age and education are no proof of intelligence and wisdom. Imagine beating a girl, in all probability innocent (they marry at the age of 14) into naming another innocent victim, who is made to walk seven steps with a five kg heated iron axe placed on his palms. If his hands remain unburnt he is declared innocent.
Edited to add: Read thought room’s opinion on this issue here.
Here’s why I think the society should not obsess over a woman’s virginity.
Why exactly do we disapprove of Live-in relationships and Premarital sex?
What would Taliban say to Juno?
Virginity – Kislay Usha Chandra