Eight people have reportedly been arrested in connection with this incident, in which police said the main accused are the woman’s in-laws.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot announced Rs 10 lakh compensation and a government job for the woman on Saturday (September 2). He had earlier said that the accused would be tried in a fast-track court.
“The woman was earlier married to another man. Thereafter, as part of the custom of nata pratha, she started living with a second man, who is now the main accused in the case. He was enraged after she started living with another [a third] man,” IE quoted him as saying.
Nata pratha roughly translates from Hindi to ‘custom of relations’. According to BBC Hindi, this custom is prevalent among some of Rajasthan’s tribal communities and may involve married women living with men other than their husbands.
Budhaniya told IE that the woman’s husband, “along with his associates, reached the place where [she] was staying and abducted her, before she was stripped and paraded.”
BBC Hindi reported that one of the accused filmed the video in Pratapgarh’s Dhariyavad village and uploaded it to the internet after travelling to a place with connectivity.
Its report also said that local police formed 30 teams to investigate the incident. According to IE, eight people have been arrested so far.
The main accused are the woman’s in-laws, the BBC reported Budhaniya as saying.
“The video from Pratapgarh, Rajasthan is shocking. What is worse is, governance in Rajasthan is totally absent. The CM and ministers are busy settling factional squabbles, and the remaining time is spent appeasing one dynasty in Delhi. It’s no wonder the issue of women’s safety is being completely ignored in the state,” referring to the Nehru-Gandhi family that has long held sway over Rajasthan’s ruling Congress party.
Chief minister Gehlot wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that there was “no place for such criminals in a civilised society” and said in Pratapgarh that “both ruling party and opposition should condemn [the incident] in one voice.”
“It is a very unfortunate event. The main accused were arrested. We will take strict action because what could be more heinous than this?” he said according to IE.
He continued: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi compares this with Manipur. Politics was being done by taking names of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh. I want to tell the prime minister that Manipur was burning, there was a civil war, two women were stripped naked, paraded in presence of police and raped but you didn’t know about it for two months,” he said according to IE, referring to a similar incident that took place in the northeastern state in May.
The National Commission for Women said on Saturday that it will send a probe team to the state in the coming week, IE reported, adding that that the Rajasthan state human rights commission has issued a notice to the state government.